I went to the hospital on a Thursday two weeks ago, for a doctor's appointment. I just came from class, and I didn't have time to change out of my clerics.
Surprisingly, all the doctors were really interested in my priestly studies.
I get different reactions from people when I wear my clerics in public. Some people deliberately avoid me, some people are excited to see me, and some people stop and stare. I remember once, at a gas station, one person was pulling out of the pump when he saw me, and he slammed on the brakes, and everyone in the car gathered at the window to stare at me with looks of amusement and unbelief.
They made me feel like an animal in the zoo, to be honest.
The doctors didn't seem to know much about seminaries, which is why I thought it was odd they were so interested in the subject. Eventually, from the direction of their questions, I figured out why they were so interested: studying to become a priest is a lot like studying to become a doctor. You have at least six years of specialized schooling, with extensive review processes and the internship year.
Of course, it should come as no surprise that priests and doctors are similar--the priest is a doctor of souls--but I never realized how similar the education process for both professions were until I talked about it with the doctors.