I say I'm applying for medicine, and I usually get one of two responses
"Oh, what kind of doctor do you want to be?"
Me - "I don't know just yet"
Them - "oh......"
"Wow, well done, how amazing!"
Me - "Um, um, well, I haven't got any offers yet.."
Actually part of me wants to turn around and say "Well done for what exactly?" but then I'd feel very mean, so I just make an excuse to leave
I wouldn't go around telling anyone. My conversations have depressingly nosedived with my grandparents to them discussing their medical problems with me and me mm'ing and aah'ing in the background....starting to head that way with my parents too.
As for pulling power, I reckon it's pretty minimal as a student. Everyone knows you're a noob and can't do jack **** for them.
If I'm shopping/at the hairdressers/whatever, I "work in x hospital." This is true, but avoids me having to answer questions about their ingrowing toenails/tingly arse. In a social situation I usually tell people, especially if it's hubby's banker friends, and I tend to get a mixture of pity and restrained respect.
I used to find the "So, what do you study?" "Medicine" "Oh wow, what university?" "Cambridge" "Oh, you must be really clever then." conversation massively awkward - what do you say after that? How do you then make polite enquiries as to what/where they study, without sounding condescending? But then we all know Cambridge students can't talk to people.
This one woman let out a huge gasp and murmered 'god help me' when I told here I wanted to do Med
On work experience when I was shadowing a nurse, she introduced me to an elderly woman and told her we were the 'doctors of tomorow, and wanted to know about nursing', to which she replied in a frantic voice,"tell them, tell them everything you do to us!". Nurse was not impressed.
I've had afew 'you look like a doctor', which I find slightly upsetting.
In general I try to avoid mentioning the word medicine/doctor, the following conversations are mundane as they try to advice me on application strageties. Somebody suggested that I should be doing Sociology AS or a health and social care BTEC.