How can I quantify how I feel right now? I’m a medical doctor! I’m writing this post from my home in Ibadan, my former room in Bowen University Teaching Hospital is emptied of my belongings…it’s really happening; I’ve finished medical school!
This arduous, limit-stretching journey has finally come to an end. So much happened to me these past six years that I’ve been a full time student in Nigeria…till now I don’t think I can fully share what I truly went through especially in 2015/2016, but looking back from this point in my life I only thank God. I came dangerously close to quitting life altogether during my dark periods but God held me and kept me going.
Medical school has been a learning experience – yes the content itself was difficult but I’m referring to the other factors that came into play, the lecturers that frustrate you, the classmates that getting along with can be difficult, the unwritten but very heavily enforced rules like the ban on earphones whilst walking around the hospital campus (because doctors are expected to be observant and earphones impedes that)…my people this list is endless.
But in all things, I give thanks. For every time I cried, for every heart wrenching rumor I heard about myself, for the people that wrote defamatory letters about me – I thank God. The teenage girl that came to Nigeria in 2012 would never have thought she would be able to survive what I did these past few years, but God showed up.
One thing Med school did for me, was teach me to rely thoroughly on God – no holding back anything; because I had no choice! You could read for weeks and it’s the topics you only glanced over that you get asked about, or you could read with God’s guidance and have Him surprise you pleasantly in the exams.
So I write this post to encourage every beautiful reader, there’s sunshine after the rain, trust God to see you through and do you part!
Lots of love,
Dr. ETP xo
(Oh my gosh that sounded so cool, Dr. ETP just might be my new sign out guys 😂❤️)