Maybe it was because of that story she heard about her dad, the ambulance-riding dairy farmer of Webster County.
Maybe it was knowing that her father always wanted to become a doctor himself.
Maybe it was those A's in science and math.
Or it was all those things and more that set the inevitable course of the life and career of Dr. Barbara Goodman ('89), family medicine physician and one of only a few women to lead the UMMC Medical Alumni Association.
It was always pretty clear that she was destined for a career in medicine, even if she once debated whether to care for patients who walked on two legs or four.
"I guess I picked people over animals," she said.
No one who knew her during her youth, no one who knew her family, should be surprised that she became the person she is today.
Like her mother before her, she was the smartest student in the graduating class at Eupora High, endowed with a strong stomach and brain for animal biology.
Like her father, she'd always had a heart for the sick and injured.