Meghan Pottle | Staff Writer
The next Meredith Grey or Olivia Pope could be roaming the halls of Mason High School right now.
From crime scene investigations to dramatic surgeries, television shows are influencing young viewers to pursue specific career fields because of how they are portrayed on television.
The popular medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy is known for its high drama, seemingly impossible surgeries and romances. Freshman Erin Breuer said she wants to be an orthopeadic surgeon because of Grey’s Anatomy.
“I know it is fake, but it just seems like a really fun career to have,” Breuer said. “Like helping people, even though you can’t help everybody, you can help a lot of people and that is something I would like to do.”
Breuer said she learned different qualities to have as a surgeon from Grey’s Anatomy, such as multitasking and being more patient.
“From it, I’ve learned and I have looked things
up after the show to learn what it is, so I know a lot of things about it,” Breuer said. “If there was someone who had a bursting appendix, I would look up what the procedure was and how you can tell how to do it. And also, taking out their pancreas, a kidney, or a liver.”
Crime dramas are popular on TV which has influenced many to consider careers in crime sciences. Senior Jordyn Mitchell said she aspires to be like the crisis fixer, Olivia Pope, who runs her own consulting firm in the drama series, Scandal.
“I was like ‘Wow, that’s such a cool job to do’, (to) help people, but she does it through politics and big personnels,” Mitchell said. “So I was like ‘What if I do the same thing but with athletes?’ I could handle all of these situations, it would be so cool, and Olivia Pope is my life goal.”
Mitchell plans on pursuing sports management, then going to law school to become a sports agent. Mitchell said even though Scandal is a fictional series, there are some real world aspects of it that appeal to her.
“I like the fact that she owns her own business and she runs stuff,” Mitchell said. “So it is like more of a family than a business. I feel like that’s a real life aspect.”