The brain is the most incredible thing on the planet and we
can't do anything without it.
Jared Campbell is a hard-working university student who is
focused on a career sparked by circumstances in his own life.
In his third year of medicine, Jared is moving towards a
Reaching where he is today has been by no means a walk in the
park. He shows how hard work can pay off.
His workload means he spends up to 80-90 hours a week sitting
in his stuffy bedroom studying to gain the highest grades
His sheer determination and hard work has meant that in his
first year in health science, he gained an A average across
his year and potential distinction in second-year medicine
(the highest-category mark).
Jared went to school at Wakatipu High School and gained NCEA
level 1 with merit, level 2 with excellence and level 3 with
By his last year, Jared gained a Youth Mark Award and a
Principal's Award for academic excellence.
He also gained seven scholarships along the way which has
allowed him to go to university, and one which has allowed
him to experience a trip overseas for the Leprosy Mission in
Nepal - a trip he says changed his life.
Challenges have never held him back.
When Jared was 10, life threw him a curve ball, an obstacle
that actually ignited his career.
His dad became sick with a brain tumour and when he heard
about what the surgeons were doing, he became inspired by the
Christian neurosurgeon who operated on him.
This man inspired him to consider going down the medical
pathway and how it would be an incredible way to be able to
serve people and do something really interesting at the same
By the time Jared was 12, he lost his loving and caring dad.
Although this hit him hard, it has propelled him to pursue
Jared has experienced life-changing opportunities which he
never thought would happen.
The biggest opportunity he has had was the trip to Nepal for
the Leprosy Mission.
He got to travel with a group of nine others and visit
leprosy clinics, and experience the different culture and
Throughout his time studying, Jared has also had the
opportunity to witness and help with surgeries such as a
total hip replacement.
When asked about how he coped with confronting realities at
medical school, he replied: ''Dissection is a massive
privilege - being able to dissect human bodies and understand
"And also meeting patients is one other massive privilege -
being able to meet people who have real symptoms and real
"I've met people with HIV, diabetes, all sorts of problems
and diseases. Being able to sit there, meet them, listen and
learn from them is incredible.''
Although he still has three more years before he completes
his medical degree, he has a bright future waiting.
Pursuing his biggest goal of getting into neurosurgery could
lead him anywhere in the future.
''I like the idea of working on the brain every day and being
able to help people deal with those sorts of things.''
Jared wants to be able to have an impact on a community and
make a difference in people's lives, whether it's getting
involved in research or getting involved with public health.
Wherever Jared plans to work, there are people all over the
world who need the same help and that's the cool thing.
He is motivated by the challenge of dealing with people and
really challenging situations.
''Every day is going to be different and you constantly need
to be at your best so that you can help people - so that you
make the biggest impact on them.''
For those thinking of heading down the same pathway, Jared
has three tips.
''You have to be passionate, be prepared to work hard and not
be thanked for it, necessarily.
''When you have a bad day, you need to be able to get back up
and get going.''
• By Emily Campbell, Year 12, Wakatipu High School