I have personally encountered a similar incident. One of my then-friend who got into NUS med mocked me for I’m a double reject simply because I am a life science student (double reject – med reject and pharm reject).
Tbh, people think that nus med students are the elitists, the superiors. That’s not true. They are superior not because they act like one, but because we make them one. Exactly because we are always inferior in front of them, their ego get boosted to a new high in life, thus superiority/elitism.
If we don’t feel inferior in front of them, they are superior to no one. Till now, I still remember her face when I told her this, “Erm, not everyone wants to be in med/pharm. I have my passion and I am living it. I hope med is truly your passion rather than just a tool.”
Dear life science students, doctors can’t save lives without any available cure/treatment, even if they successfully diagnose the patients, and we, we are truly the unsung heroes.
So, be inferior to no one if you know you are living the life you want. So what if the general public do not regard your course as an elite course. To me, life science is my elite course.