For a lot of my life, I spent it planning how to attain something that I hadn’t seen someone else do. Crazy right? From primary school I’ve known I wanted to study medicine, I’d see my dad come back from work in his hospital clothes, stethoscope around his neck, rather fatigued, but he’d still go through my homework with me, then I’d pretend to be a doctor and do a chest exam like he always did for me, as I used to have asthma, but God delivered me (Thank you Jesus).
Growing up the hustle to get into medical school was all I had on my mind. In the UK, getting a placement in a medical school isn’t a straightforward process. Aside having stellar grades, you have to be well rounded, so right from secondary school I started volunteering at a general practitioner’s clinic as an admin assistant, I shadowed doctors at a nearby general hospital, I volunteered at charities, took up French, joined the Borough’s Youth Parliament, played for my school’s rounders’ team…the list is endless. I enjoyed these things and now I look back and can appreciate my full life, and quite frankly it prepared me for the incredible stress that combining medical school with my extra-curricular activities would pose.
But hey, I made it into medical school! Now I am making preparations for my next set of life decisions, and once again I’m faced with goals that seem to be beyond my natural reach – but that’s where God comes in, His Arms are never short, so where I can’t get to alone, He’s like my personal Mr Fantastic – He stretches beyond me and puts me places I would’ve never imagined I could get to.
So the take home message for this week is this – Press for Progress!
Till next time,
P.S. – Happy International Women’s Day!