The reason why he studied medicine were:
he wanted to be a physician so that he may cure his mother’sfailing eyesight.
the Father Recto of the University, whom he consulted for achoice of career, finally answered his letter, and recommendedmedicine.
Finishes Surveying course in Ateneo (1878).
During his term inUniversity of Santo Tomas (1877 – 78, Rizal also studied in Ateneo, hetook the vocational course leading to a title of
(expert surveyor)). In those days it should be remembered, thecollege for boys in Manila offered vocational courses in agriculture,commerce, mechanics and surveying.Rizal’s unhappy days at UST. Rizal’s Ateneo boy wonder, found theatmosphere at the UST a suffocating to his sensitive spirit. He wasunhappy of this Dominican Institution of high learning because (1) theDominican processors were hostile to him, (2) the filipino studentswere racially discriminated, and (3) the method of teachings wereobsolete and repressive.
Decision to study abroad.
After finishing the fourth year of hismedical course, Rizal decided to study in Spain. He could no longerendure the rampant bigotry, discrimination, and hostility in UST. Hisuncle, Antonio Rivera, Leonor’s father, encourage him to go abroad.Both Paciano and Saturnina, whom he contacted secretly, were of similar opinion.