TO BE A KID AGAIN…

At a quarter to 30, with most of my contemporaries already married, about to marry, or with one or more kids to care for, here I am in my parents’ house, boasting of being the deputy administrator of household affairs, a title that exists only in my imagination.

“U-U, what’s for dinner?”

Eba and Egusi soup” I reply, rolling my eyes as I stroll towards the kitchen.

It’s because you’re still in this house. 

I’ll leave when it’s time.

While some half my age are already earning their pay, I’m here excited to be dashed 2k by my dad to buy the data I needed to publish what you’re now reading.

Arrant nonsense! Please grow up. My mind tells me.

Thank you, my daddy is not complaining. 

I applied to a place recently but was rejected, I called my mom on my way home, tearing up like a toddler. 

Are you for real? At your age, shoe size and marital status??

Lemme jaare. Is it a crime to cry? I know Jesus loves me.

I’ve been mood swinging for a few days, I know it’s between PMS and Satan’s tactics yet can’t help but feel dejected. 

COME ON, SNAP OUT OF IT ALREADY…YOU ARE AN A-D-U-L-T!!!

 *sighs* That was blunt. Oh, to be a kid again.

Please someone should explain to me what this Adulting thing is really about. 

Because I’m beginning to think it’s some cheap form of blackmail. 

I don’t even know if I know what it means to be ready for it. 

What defines an adult? 

Is it about the many responsibilities that life randomly throws your way? Or is there more to it?

Do share your thoughts.

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GONE TOO SOON!

Over time, I’ve realized that my most profound moments from medical school had little to do with the “books” but everything to do with the “lives” especially of the patients I encountered on the ward.

Today’s post is from an experience I had as a medical student rotating on the pediatric ward.

Enjoy!


I walked into the ward that morning and noticed most of the staff were speaking in hushed tones.
Ward round went on as usual, but everyone seemed a little reserved. Soon, the cat was let out of the bag- one of our patients had passed on!

I was stunned.

Such a young, peaceful and innocent-looking boy, not more than eleven. He had been on the ward for sometime and because his diagnosis wasn’t straight forward, we kept running series of tests.

Then the doctor decided to place him on some steroids and his symptoms seemed to improve, so he was discharged.
However, he soon began to deteriorate rapidly that he had to be re-admitted, eventually leading to his demise.

It was particularly sad for me because that was the first patient I knew as a medical student that passed on.

I remember the day he asked me to pass him a bottle of water from his bedside cabinet. “Miss, Miss…” was how he began his request. After passing him the water, I watched him for a few moments before going back to what I was doing.

If only I knew that was the last time I would be able to interact with him,

Maybe I would have held one of his hands, looked into his eyes and told him not to be afraid.

Maybe I would have sang him a song, written him a poem, or read him a book.

Maybe I would have asked him to tell me about his family, his friends at school, and all of his favorite things.

Maybe I would have assured him that despite his pain, there was a Father in heaven who cared so much about him- spirit, soul and body.

Maybe I would have just taken a few minutes right there, to say a word of prayer for him. 

If only I knew…

But I didn’t.

Because I wasn’t expecting him to die, at least not that soon.

Weak and wasted as he was, we still held on to the hope that he would live.

But death gave no notice of its intentions, it came and left without restrictions.

Three years later, my heart still bleeds when I remember the incident-though I didn’t shed a single tear at that time.

The rest of my sojourn through medical school came with its own heartaches as several other patients I met passed away, but I still can’t get that very first experience out of my head.

As a closing thought, it’s funny how we take the little things for granted, especially with the people that matter to us the most thinking they will always be around.

Truth is, when it comes to those we care about, death is always too soon.

The good news for the believer though, is that death is not the end, there is life after death.

And that for me, is such a comforting thought.

***

So when was the first time you saw a patient die? And how did you react to it?

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#TrueLifeStories #WardChronicles #PatientSeries

WHY YOU LEARN THE WAY YOU LEARN.


During my undergraduate days, I had a classmate who often requested for my “jotter” a few days to our exams. According to him, I knew how to summarize and simplify my notes in such a way that anyone reading would understand. And I believe he had a point.

The first I heard of a learning model was from a friend, a couple of years back. He enlightened me on the difference between VISUAL and AURAL learners, and encouraged me to apply that to how I studied. Unfortunately, I didn’t give it much attention at that time.

Many years later, I would come across the V.A.R.K model of learning and found it quite enlightening.

In any classroom setting, from elementary level to postgraduate level, students receive, retain and retrieve information in different ways. And I believe medical students especially, would benefit from knowing how the learning models work since there’s so much to cover and so little time.

According to the VARK model, there are four types of learners:


1. VISUAL Learners.

I call them “The Scanners.”

These are the model students, especially in a traditional school setting. They don’t just read to comprehend, but seem to possess the so-called “Photographic Memory” and can reproduce the pages of their lecture notes or textbooks, word for word (sometimes with particular page numbers, no kidding!).

They enjoy studying long and hard, retaining most of the information they come across. They especially do well with Charts, Graphs and other Pictorial aids.

One morning while in medical school, we were having a discussion on the ward, and one of my colleagues was asked a question. When he started talking, it was as though an encyclopedia had been opened inside his brain. He just kept stating all the facts and figures while the rest of us gaped…lol.
Afterwards, our consultant looked at him and smiled, stating that he had a photographic memory and she knew he could actually picture the things he was saying. Needless to say, that colleague of mine was one of the smartest students in medical school.

2. AURAL Learners.

Aural learners are also known as AUDIO learners but I prefer to call them “The Crammers.

These are the students who simply pay attention during classes (with/without taking notes) and retain most of the information long afterwards. Some simply “Memorize and Recite” (i.e. CRAM) their notes and they are good to go.
Unlike the VISUAL learners, they don’t really need to study for long, although having group discussions are of great benefit. Still, a lot of them do well with last minute studying.

I had a roommate who would memorize several pages of her notes on the morning of an exam, and her results usually came out so well.
Another friend of mine who is now a doctor, said she only needed to attend (and listen well) in class, and without further reading, she would be able to sit for any exam. When I heard that, my respect for her grew by several inches…haha.

If I’m being honest I doze off or day-dream during classes more times than I’d like to admit. Long lectures are like music to my ears, and I often start drifting off before I catch myself.

3. READ & WRITE Learners.

I call them “The Stenographers.

This kind of learners love to copy everything that is said during a lecture. They afterwards go home to “READ and DIGEST” their notes, often breaking the notes into simpler and condensed versions to understand them better.

Such learners also appreciate Highlights, Mnemonics, Power Points and Summaries. Their goal is to be able to comprehend the material in its simplest form.

I happen to belong to this category of learners. I’m a COPIER by default and the only way I remember things (from class and especially in church) is by taking down notes. Even when there’s nothing to write, I doodle in my notebook, else my mind wanders off.

I remember one time a lecturer gave an impromptu test, immediately after his lecture, and I barely passed though I was sitting right there in the class. The reason was simple, I did not have enough time to “process” the information he had given before the test. In such scenarios, I rely more on residual knowledge.

For me, reading, then writing down notes, enhances comprehension. And if I’m reading something I don’t understand, I try to look it up, otherwise, I skip it.

4. KINESTHETIC Learners

I call them “The Demonstrators.

When it comes to learning, they are more practical than theoretically-inclined. These are the so-called Hands-on-Students.

In medical school they find most lectures boring, but rush off to dissect every cadaver that comes into the anatomy lab. When they start their clerkships, they can’t wait to examine every patient, set lines and insert urinary catheters. Ask them to state the differentials for a neck swelling and they draw a blank, but ask them to scrub in for a Thyroidectomy and they jump right in! 

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What about HYBRIDS?

I believe most students learn by a combination of two or more of the learning models.

Personally, I learn the most by Association i.e. connecting multiple dots together. So it’s a little bit of what I see, what I hear and most of what I read. I’m not much of a hands-on-learner though. And it usually takes me twice the time my contemporaries take to learn a skill, whether it’s cooking Jollofrice or inserting a Urinary catheter! 😂

***

Do you know what learning model (or combination) you use the most?

Cheers!


Sources:

http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/whats_their_learning_style_part_2_kinesthetic_learners
http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/whats_their_learning_style_part_1_auditory_learners

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OCTOBER|| C O U R A G E


It’s a few days into October already and all I can say is, God is good!

While meditating on what theme this month would be about, one word that stood out in my heart, was COURAGE. And I believe God was giving me a gentle reminder, that when everything else fails (my plans and what-not), I can look up to him and remain courageous.

Here are a few synonyms for the word COURAGE:
“bravery, pluckiness, valor, fearlessness, intrepidity, nerve, daring, audacity, boldness, grit, hardihood, heroism, gallantry”

And I’ll go with the first, BRAVERY

the admirable quality of being able to confront frightening things. It takes bravery for a knight to battle a dragon, but it also takes bravery for a shy child to walk into a new classroom.
(Vocabulary.com)

It’s little wonder that the song in my heart for this season just happens to be:

||WORSHIPYou make me brave (Amanda Cook)

And it’s one of my favorite songs ever! I remember having it on repeat for sometime last year.

||WORD– Lamentations 3:22-24 GNB

“The LORD ‘s unfailing love and mercy still continue, Fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise. The LORD is all I have, and so I put my hope in him.” 

I especially love the line that reads,

Fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise
. How reassuring that is! 

I still don’t know all God has in stock for me this season but I’m stepping out of the shadows of fear, discouragement and doubts and embracing his promises by faith.

And Amen to that!
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In a nutshell, here’s what I’ve been upto:

|| My Ankara crafts and designs exhibition (As Promised)



My trainer, Niyot of Beracah House of Fashion, who is also a longtime friend did such a great job and I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn through her. Moving forward, I think I’ll be focusing on the Ankara book covers and see what designs I can come up with.

|| Still Learning

Spanish and Igbo!

|| Recent Reads:

Anthills of the Savannah (Chinua Achebe)
This was my first time reading any Chinua Achebe’s book. I’d attempted “There was a Country” earlier this year but found it difficult to continue with it. Not too long ago, I picked up this title, but I wasn’t enjoying the plot, so I dropped it. Eventually, one bored evening I summoned up courage and jumpstarted it (i.e. started reading right from the middle) and I was so intrigued that I read until the end. I found the book compelling, thought-provoking and with a melodramatic ending.

I heard that song before (Mary Higgins Clark)
I totally loved this book (although I’m sure I’ve read it before but totally forgot the plot), the writer kept me guessing until the very end. It had the right amount of suspense that kept me glued till the last page. If you’re a fan of mystery/crime/suspense books, I totally recommend that you read this one.

And then there were none (Agatha Christie)
I first read this book a couple of years ago, I had an idea about the plot but forgot how it ended, so I decided to read it again. So it was the Judge after all, what a twist!

|| Currently Reading:

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen R. Covey)

Principles and Values become more evident when we think of how short life is.

||Re-reading (For my Small Group Bible-study):

UNSTOPPABLE (Christine Caine)

Some start for the gold but end up with the bronze. Some start for the gold but do a poor exchange and can not continue. Some start for the gold but drop the baton and are disqualified. Some start for the gold and not only win the race, but break a record doing so.

|| Recent Adventure: A Mini-vacay!

So yours sincerely took a few days off to spend in Lagos. Yaaaas!!!
You know how I feel about the city already (You can read about my previous experiences here and here). This time around though, I was not constrained by a lack of “cash” or “time” nor any urgent business to take care of. I wanted to not just pass through Lagos, but actually savor it all over like a first-timer.

The summary of my stay was: Sightseeing, Window-shopping (plus some micro-shopping…lol), People-watching, Reading novels, Eating and Sleeping. I eventually stayed more indoors than outdoors, and found it kinda boring, thanks to EKEDC…😑🙄

I went off to visit one of my friends (@Tyn) and enjoyed every moment of it. Also went on a date with my sister to watch the movie, FLATLINERS (a Sci-Fi/Medical Thriller/Horror combo). The plot wasn’t too bad, in my opinion. Definitely PG material.

Then I ran into one of my seniors from Unilorin, Eyitayo, at the Palms Mall (saw him last in 2010…haha), I started “gisting” my sis how he is such a prominent figure on FB, and a kind-of-social activist etc. He is someone I actually respect (from a distance) and it was an honor to see him again, howbeit for a few minutes.

Finally, I got to ride in an Uber, then a BRT bus for the first time ever and I enjoyed both (for different reasons). Lagos is such a lovely place tbh, I just don’t see myself living there. But who knows, ehn?😉


Enjoy the lovely views!


To wrap up the post, here are my

|| 9 Intriguing Lessons [plus 1 Life Changing Discovery] from 2017:

1. Social media is overrated. I know it sounds cliché, but I’m only beginning to understand that phrase. I’ve now realized that Facebook (which was the social media platform I used the most) is not that important. I used to think it was impossible for me to do without Facebook in a day until I actually put some structure to my social media time and now I have days when I completely forget to log in. It’s amazing isn’t it? Ever wondered what we all did before the advent of social media?

2. Not everything that is happening will continue to happen. “Time” and “Chance” happens to all men. If you’re a Nigerian living in Nigeria, have you ever wondered what happened to the likes of Mr. Biggs and Tantalizers? My sentiments exactly.

3. Time alone doesn’t make things better, deliberate actions do. Thanks to the Mother Hen (Remi Owadokun) for this. If something is bad and you do nothing about it, it will only get worse.

4. Forgiveness is not forgetfulness, but choosing not to remember. Choosing not to remember an offense is quite different from forgetting it, as if it never happened. I so needed that closure. Phew!

5. What you do is more important than what you know. We have many “knowers” but far too few “doers.” Memo to me. Noted!

6. To every stage in life, there is a backstage and to every scene there’s a behind-the-scene. Truth!

7. Others are different from you, and so are you from others. Our unity lies in our individual uniqueness and not in our uniformity (or conformity).

8. (More than your phones, wallets, money, relationships etc) The enemy targets your joy, don’t let him steal it!

9. The Nigerian Police may (or may not) be your friend. Not all policemen are unkind, rude or wicked. Ditto Lawyers, Nurses, Doctors etc Having a preconceived mindset can be harmful.

10. I don’t like bread. In fact, I’ve never liked it, and I’m only just realizing that. So I’ve only been tolerating bread all my life?! Well, it’s better late than never.

|| Inspiration from around the web:

1. On Adulting, Rounding Up My Housemanship Year and Future Plans

2. Why I Shut Down My Instagram Account (Cutting back to move forward)
3. What it means to be a Christian doctor

4. Preparation: A lesson from Hurricane Irma

5. Nothing to prove

Ps: Still on the job search, if you’ve been praying, please pray harder! 🙏🏾
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*EKEDC: Eko Electricity Distribution Company

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6 Types of Medical Students

Disclaimer: This post is on a VERY light note and all characters in it are entirely fictional.

If you’ve been in medical school long enough, you’ll find out that each medical student you meet is different from the next. Knowing this provides you with a balanced perspective in approaching medical school and helps you to set realistic expectations for yourself. 

Please note that the humor and  sarcasm in the labels are a bit exaggerated and the list is by no means exclusive. 

Enjoy!

1. The Bookworm/Silent Genius

A.K.A The Nerd.

(S)he is your average Joe, who sits in a corner of the lecture room or at the very front to avoid any form of distraction. (S)he hardly talks in class unless asked a question.

Bookworms may be loners or friendly, depending on their personalities.

Credit: 123RF

The school library is usually their second home and they would often stay back after school hours and on weekends to study.
If you need someone to put you through the Kreb’s Cycle the night before your Biochemistry test, just call a friend, sorry, nerd.

Interestingly, a nerd’s life is not only about medical school and studying. Some have remarkable interests in art, photography, music, nature, or poetry.

As expected, the nerd is likely to be the class valedictorian.

2. The Popular Student/Party-goer

Every class has a Chris (or Chrissa).

That one person who seems to be friends with everybody (or who everyone says “hello” to). Like a magnet pulling objects towards its core, they can’t help but draw attention to themselves.

Chrissa is the fashionista who is up-to-date with her weaves, makeup and accessories. Chrissa would rather finish a season of Grey’s Anatomy than study for her Anatomy test over the weekend.

Chris is the cool dude with the latest ride, phone and wristwatch. He even wears designer shoes. He is also an unrepentant sports fan and doesn’t mind skipping a class or two to watch a game.

Both thrive on fun and have activities planned for every weekday and weekend. They know every interesting place there is in town and often find time to steal away for out-of-town adventures.

As a rule the popular guys are “book-smart” and manage to keep up with their studies, with some performing quite exceptionally.

3. The Activist/Politician
This is Bill.

He is on the face of every bill board in the school.

Bill participates in most, if not all, student events and plays active roles in the student government. He is eager to stand up for (or against) a cause and easily draws a large following.

Bill is also quick to point out the inefficiencies of the school administration as well as unfair student policies, and mobilizes other students into signing petitions.
If you need something done, all you need is to get Bill involved.

Bill is sometimes unlucky enough to get into conflict with the school advisory committee and may even suffer some setbacks academically.

But Bill doesn’t mind, he will do anything for the cause of justice even if it means getting expelled from medical school.


Bill
as we know, is likely to run for Global President, a decade from now and we ALL would vote for him.

4. The Nervous wreck/”Water-works” Student

Lisa is fidgety and cries a lot.

She cries at the beginning of the semester on merely seeing the class timetable.

She cries before every test, not knowing if she would do her best.
She cries after every test, not knowing if she has done her best.


Lisa
is often the last to check the score board and needs the support of a friend or two, to do that.

Credit: Quickmeme.com
She cries if she fails the test, she always knew she would.
She cries if she passes the test, she thinks it’s a narrow escape.

This kind of student needs lots of reassurance from time to time.
It’s not unusual to find her malingering and having to reschedule her tests/exams a few times.

Sometimes, Lisa needs more than a box of Kleenex and a shoulder to cry upon. If she has other psychological issues, she might benefit from seeing a therapist.

5. The Indifferent/Absentee Student

We’ll call him Fred.

Fred hardly shows up in class. And when he does, he is late and never stays until the end.

In fact half of the time Fred is in class, he is on his mobile phone texting or playing a game. And weird enough, the lecturers don’t seem to mind.

As a rule, he is the last to get to the exam hall and always the first to leave.

He never stays around long enough to strike a conversation with anybody and isn’t known to hang out with any friends outside school.

He is such a recluse that nobody really knows where he lives and whether he is a real student or a “phony student” sent in by the CIA.

To add to the mystery, Fred stops coming to school after 1 or 2 semesters.

Maybe Fred was never a student after all! 

6. The Know-It-All/Competitive Student

Meet Maria.
Maria is a smart but bossy student who likes to intimidate others with her smartness.

She claims to know everything there is to know about everything there is to know.

In every class, the Pathology lecturer tells her to wait until the next class before he answers her question- which just happens to be the next topic!

Maria chairs the table in every Anatomy lab session and believes that her dissecting skills are second only to that of the Anatomy Professor.

She dominates every group work and outshines others in every seminar presentation.

To her credit, Maria knows how to go the extra, extra mile in getting whatever task she’s given. No wonder, she’s every teacher’s favorite student.

Credit: 123RF


Maria strives to know the test scores of all the students in class and gives a cold shoulder to anyone who performs slightly better than her.

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What type of medical student would you say you are (were)?

I would say I was almost nerdish (“almost” because sometimes I’m in class supposedly paying rapt attention, but my mind is 10000 miles away 🙈🙈).

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I CHOOSE…


Solitude is a gift I’ve learnt to treasure. It’s my favorite place away from the noise and sights, voices and crowds, vying for my attention. 

I don’t blame the world for being flashy, I blame myself for being  vulnerable.

On some days I feel like hiding from real life and just staying by myself, feeding on what is edifying rather than the junk society tries to force down my throat.  

Sadly, we live in an age of information, with little transformation. Cultural Influence creeps on us so subtly that we are hardly aware of being conformed to it. 

This season I’ve spent chunks of time in sober reflection…thinking through some decisions I made in the past and those which I’m currently making.

I’m reminded again that everyday is a choice, every thought a seed, and every action a step towards purpose.

The future doesn’t just happen, I have to CHOOSE it.

Growth is not automatic. It takes process, commitment and consistency.

Knowledge is not enough, the correct application of it is what matters. 

The easiest thing to do in life is to just be, and live by the choices of others passed on to us.

But today, I choose.

I choose to choose.

I choose joy over sadness…
I choose peace over anxiety…
I choose health over illness…
I choose discipline over indulgence…
I choose gratitude over murmuring…
I choose confidence over self-criticism…
I choose clarity over confusion…
I choose fruitfulness over frustration…
I choose victory over defeat…


I choose light over darkness…
I choose the word over the world…

I choose wisdom.

I choose life.

I choose Christ.

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50 Practical Ways To Stay Motivated In Medical School (A Recap):

Here’s a recap of the 50 Practical Ways you can motivate yourself through medical school. Feel free to check the links at the end. 


1. Discover yourself
2. Learn new skills
3. Take online courses
4. Avoid negative self-talk
5. Volunteer
6. Listen to good music
7. Watch Medical Shows
8. Start your own business
9. Keep a journal


10. Keep the end in mind
11. Find a mentor
12. Medical school is just a phase. It won’t last forever.
13. Quitting is not an option.
14. Cultivate healthy friendships


15. Find what works for you and make it work
16. Remember why you started
17. Expectations from Friends and Family
18. Eat healthy
19. Focus on becoming competent vs just getting good grades
20. Listen to podcasts
21. Don’t lose your Passion
22. Set Priorities And Rewards
23. Don’t sweat the small stuff


24. Faith in God
25. Set simple goals and achieve them
26. Be your greatest cheerleader
27. Learn to unwind
28. Volunteer to teach others
29. Seek help when you need it


30. You are not alone
30. Play Stimulating Games
31. Stay Focused
33. Ask Questions
34. Aim For Excellent Grades
35. Enjoy the learning process
36. Think Medicine, Think Prestige
37. Believe you can make a difference
38. Financial Sacrifices And Future Remunerations


39. Don’t Quit
40. Take it one step at a time
41. Start a Countdown
42. Share Your Story
43. Have a bucket list
44. Contribute on Social Media
45. Sleep well
46. Work It Out
47. Meditate
48. Cheer as others win


49. Reflect
50. Live, Learn, Love. Repeat.

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50 Practical Ways To Stay In Medical School (Part 1)

50 Practical Ways To Stay In Medical School (Part 2)

– 50 Practical Ways To Stay Motivated In Medical School (Part 3)

50 Practical Ways To Stay In Medical School (Part 4)

50 Practical Ways To Stay In Medical School (Part 5)



Cheers,

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SEPTEMBER||S H O W E R S 🌧🌧🌧

Cocoa Building, Ibadan

Hey People,

Welcome to September.

The ninth month of the year and naturally speaking , the ninth month is a time to bring forth that which was conceived.

Supernaturally, it is the season of visitation and manifestation, where expectations are divinely brought to pass.

September is a month of FRUITFULNESS, INCREASE and ABUNDANCE.

And that’s why I’m so excited about the theme:
  

||S H O W E R S||

Which I got from the title of the popular hymn,

Showers of Blessings 

So this particular line stood out

“Mercy-drops round us are falling,
But for the SHOWERS we plead.”

Then God gave me this understanding,

For everything we obtain by God’s mercies,
We can obtain even MORE through his blessings!

And y’all know the conditions for his blessings? TRUST and OBEDIENCE. And in my christian journey, I have come to understand that they both go hand in hand.
It’s who we trust (totally) that we obey completely. The question is, how much am I (are we) willing to TRUST God? Because that’s what this month is about…

SHOWERS (Surplus, Abundance, Provision, Saturation, Sprinkling, Spraying, Engulfing, Flooding, Overwhelming...I could go on) of Blessings, through Trust and Obedience!!

So help me (us) God. Amen.

Let’s jump right into the September train, shall we?

❤️WORD

I believe strongly in the efficacy of God’s word and that there is a WORD for every season.
So this word right here came as NEEDED…

“He has set the right time for everything. He has given us a desire to know the future, but never gives us the satisfaction of fully understanding what he does.”
Ecclesiastes 3:11 GNB

❤️WORSHIP

Equally amazing is this song,

Wonderful Wonder (Nathaniel Bassey)

which is also befitting for this season because my God is AWESOME like that.

❤️Currently Reading:

1. Innovation And Entrepreneurship (Peter F. Drucker)

It is not good enough to offer the same product or the same service at a lower cost. There has to be something that distinguishes it from something that already exists.

2.  Concerning Spiritual Gifts (Kenneth E. Hagin)

The fruit of the Holy Spirit is for HOLINESS, whereas the baptism of the Holy Spirit is for POWER.

3. Out Of Control And Loving It (Lisa Bevere)

Don’t be upset because you see other people’s blessings as a deduction from God’s ability to bless you. It did not come from your account but his, and he is unlimited.

4. The Power Of A Praying Wife (Stormie Omartian)

A wife can’t put pressure on her husband to be something, but she can pray for him to become it.

5. The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People (Stephen Covey)

If our feelings control our actions, it’s because we’ve abdicated our responsibility and empowered them to do so.

6. A Novel: The Witness (Dee Henderson) 


It’s a Christian Fiction with just enough suspense to keep me interested. I’ve deliberately slowed down on turning the pages except during my “free time” so that I can get MORE important things (like drafting this blog post) done. I remember those days when I would stay up all night to finish reading novels. [Singing: I’ve been changed, healed, freed, delivered…😅]

7. The book of JEREMIAH (I’m on Chapter 25)

❤️Still learning:
– Spanish [via Duolingo and Memrise]
– Igbo [via Ife Igbo Learner and Igbo Basic app]

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Here are a few things I’ve been up to lately, asides sitting home and getting fat (the scale says I now weigh 55kg😫😱, and to think I was around 50 kg this time last year):

On Managing Distractions
Some weeks back while reviewing my schedule and trying to re-organize my priorities, I discovered how easily distracted I  am in between tasks. One moment I’m trying to complete a task, the next moment I’m flipping through my emails. Needless to say, lots of tasks take double/triple the time required to complete them. I’m learning to sit through what I’m doing at the moment before getting started on another, it’s a painfully slow process, but I’ll get there soon by God’s grace. 

From “To-Do Lists” to “Done Lists” and “Not-To-Do Lists”
Also, I’m gradually shifting away from having To-Do-Lists at the start of each day, to making Done-Lists (never knew that existed until recently) at the end of the day.
I also came across the idea of a Not-To-Do List recently, and discovered I mentally had such in place already (just added the last one, because checking emails are forever a distraction *sighs*)

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–  Skills Acquisition: Ankara crafts and designs
It’s been a long summer of learning how to make different accessories with the Ankara fabric and it’s almost a wrap. I’ll come up with pictures when the class is over. 

– I recently went to see the Banana Island Ghost Movie with my homeys. 

Photo Credit: WEB

I’d give it a rating of 2.5/5 ⭐️⭐️ There were a few comic scenes and some not too funny ones. 


Most importantly it was a lovely evening hanging out with my folks and I had an overfill of popcorn, soda and hotdog [no wonder I’m getting FATTER!😩🙄]

I’m FREE: After a few episodes of late night panic attacks following the home-theft incident I wrote about here,

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I can finally sing, I’m free! Because here is what God’s word says:

“You need not fear any dangers at night or sudden attacks during the day”
Psalms 91:5 GNB

– Lastly, The Job search is still on. My dream job is yet to locate me😉. So y’all should keep me in your prayers! Thank you!

Inspiration from around the web

– 7 important life lessons in my late twenties

Define your busy

5 Proven Methods for gaining self discipline

– On Parenting
Cheers,
:::requ1ne:::
❤️❤️❤️

5 Tips To Having Better Grades in Medical School

The greatest fear of medical students in any part of the globe is to fail out of medical school. With the overwhelming workload, many students simply strive to stay above average rather than set unrealistic expectations.

While making good grades is not all there is to becoming a successful doctor, it definitely helps to get you started on the journey.

||My Story||

I remember the first set of exams I wrote in my second semester of medical school. Out of four courses, I FAILED two.

Physiology and Neuroanatomy!

And every medical student knows how important both courses are.
I was really devastated because my marks were not even close to the cutoff.
The day the results were released, one of my professors called me into his office and gave me a stern talking to.

What’s wrong with you? You’re better than this!”

It was with teary eyes and a puffy face that I left his office that day, and I couldn’t get over the encounter for the rest of the week.
Thankfully, I got another chance to make up before my finals and that was the beginning of a turnaround in my medical school journey; as far as my grades were concerned.
These are some of the tips that worked for me:

Tip 1 ||START WITH A PLAN||

A common adage says, “To fail to prepare is to prepare to fail.”

This is the first step in achieving any major goal in life and it holds true for getting good grades in medical school as well.
Success is not a function of chance but a combination of:
* Diligence,
* Discipline, and
* Determination.
Having a plan helps to build a framework for these vital ingredients.

Here are practical ways to help you prepare for a new semester:

> Get old notes, recommended textbooks and other relevant study resources. 

> Get your class timetable and make your own study timetable.

> Know the number of credits for each subject and how to calculate your CGPA.

> Write down your academic goals for the semester.

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Recommended: Picmonic

Tip 2 ||DEFINE SUCCESS AND WORK TOWARDS IT||

What does success in medical school mean to you? Is it getting pass grades in all your subjects, having a number of distinctions or making it to the Dean’s list?

Your success is your RESPONSIBILITY. The earlier you acknowledge that, the easier it’ll be to work towards it. And it all begins in your mind.

That semester I failed two subjects ended up being one of my best ever, not only did I get distinctions in 3 out of 4 subjects, I also made the Dean’s list.

I got to know later that some students in my class also failed the same subjects I did at the start of the semester, but not all of them aimed to get distinctions in the final exams.
My point is, if your desire is to get an A, then go for it. Ditto a B or C.



Caption this: Success is a marathon and not a sprint!

Tip 3 ||GO THE EXTRA-MILE||

Now that you have a plan and the desired goal(s), put in the required efforts. Make the necessary sacrifices. Burn the midnight oil if you have to.

For me that meant staying back in school late to study, attending extra classes on Saturdays, and so on.
The truth is, you can’t win the prize without paying a price.

To earn good grades, you don’t just need to work HARDER, you need to work SMARTER.

Studying in Medical school sometimes requires a level of creativity.

I remember watching lots of animated videos to really grasp some concepts in Genetics after several failed attempts to comprehend the lecture notes.
There are as many methods to study as there are resources out there to choose from.

Also Read: 7 Strategies For Studying In Medical School

Tip 4 ||QUIT WORRYING AND KEEP STUDYING||

So what if you are putting in the required efforts, and it appears you’re still not getting the desired results?
Pray.
And confess the scriptures.
As a Christian, I know that asking people to “stop worrying and just pray,” sounds cliché.

But PRAYER works.

Fear is a tool by the enemy to demoralize you and no matter how much you try to work hard, worrying will always stop you short from reaching your desired goal(s).
In prayer, you can also ask God for wisdom and he’s ever ready to show you what to do.

“But if any of you lack wisdom, you should pray to God, who will give it to you; because God gives generously and graciously to all.”
James 1:5 GNB

Maybe you need to study earlier in the day rather than later, or you need to study with a friend rather than alone, maybe you even need to take audio notes instead of writing in class.
I have learnt that worrying about poor grades won’t make you perform any better. So why worry, when you can pray?
And after praying get right back to STUDYING.

Tip 5 ||DON’T GO SOLO||

I can’t overemphasize this.
Be accountable. It is true that your success is your responsibility, but there are people who are willing to show you the ropes if you ask them.
Learn to ask questions not only from your colleagues but also from students who are in classes ahead of you. If you have some particular difficulties, see your course adviser or school counselor.
Also, many students resent failure so much that they fail to find out why they failed the first time and how to go about it.

I have learnt that failure is an opportunity to learn and do better, so I need to make conscious effort not just to GO THROUGH the experience but to GROW through it.

I hope these tips are of help.

To Your Success!
:::requine:::
❤️❤️❤️

50 Practical Ways To Stay Motivated In Medical School (Part 5)

You can read the previous part here

41. Start a Countdown:

Like in any major event of life, finishing medical school is a big deal. Going through it can be as exciting too. One way is to have countdowns for each stage of medical school like the White Coat Ceremony, Starting/Completing Clinical Postings and of course Finals! Looking forward to the BIG DAYS was another major way I stayed motivated throughout medical school. So start the countdown now! 

42. Share Your Story:

Sharing one’s story has such a powerful effect not only on the audience but also on the individual. There’s a uniqueness to your journey that only you can talk about: your fears, victories, and everything in between have contributed to who you are at the moment. So why not take the time to share your story and inspire several upcoming medical students out there. 

No matter how many medical school blogs or YouTube channels are out there, yours can still stand out to a specific audience.

And if you’re concerned about your privacy or security, you have the option of sharing your story anonymously. 

Recommended: How to start a YouTube Channel

Recommended: How to start a blog (WordPress)

43. Have a bucket list: 


Why do I need a bucket list?” you may be wondering. Well, being in medical school is a great opportunity for you to take on new dreams and go on adventures- because whether you like it or not, you still have the time. You don’t have to wait until you’re 40 before you start living the real life.

Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn how to swim or go on a fancy boat cruise or get a massage session in a spa. Well, who says you can’t?

Just start with what is within your financial means and soon you’ll be surprised at how many things you’ve achieved before you complete medical school.

44. Contribute on Social Media:

As a medical student, you are a stakeholder in the health concerns of the communities you belong to, whether physically or virtually. Several people are on the lookout for the right information regarding their health.

So creating a Health Awareness page on Facebook or sharing health tips on Twitter, can help to promote a healthy culture among the people in your sphere of influence. Remember you don’t need to have all the answers and where you’re not sure, just ask them to see a doctor.

45. Sleep well: 

Some days, all you really need is a good night’s sleep. Make it a habit to sleep well everyday. An average medical student runs on less than 5 hours of sleep everyday, which is way below the daily requirement of 8 hours of sleep. 

Read: 11 Surprising Health Benefits of Sleep

If you have problems tracking the number of hours you sleep each night, you can try using a sleep app.

Recommended:
8 top-rated apps that can help you get a better night’s sleep

46. Work it out: 

It’s amazing how pushing oneself to the physical limit often stretches one’s mental capacity as well. A simple morning jog or rope skipping if you prefer, will make a difference in your outlook for the day. Not considering the health impact it would have on your body in the long run. So make it a habit to Work Out, your body and brain need it. 

Recommended: SWORKIT APP

47. Meditate: 
Meditation is another great way to reduce the stress that comes with medical school. Take a few minutes off to unwind and practice some mindfulness techniques each day and begin to enjoy some amazing benefits.

Recommended: 5 Mindfulness Apps worthy of your attention 

48. Cheer as others win: 
Celebrating others as they complete medical school, take licensing exams and start their residency programs, is another good way to motivate you for the remaining stretch of your medical school journey. When you see those ahead of you achieving their dreams, it boosts your confidence in pursuing yours. 

49. Reflect:

To reflect means to step out of the picture and go down the “memory lane” a few times. Reflection helps you to review the decisions you’ve made in the past, your failures and successes, your strengths and weaknesses, and to take note of all the  major contribution to your past achievements.

Knowing what has motivated you in the past, gives you some perspective in staying presently motivated.

50. Live, Learn, Love and Repeat:


Above everything else, see Life as a gift. Learn to treasure every moment of it no matter how challenging it may seem sometimes. 

Be grateful for the little things and bigger things will come your way.

Remember, Medical school is a privilege and not a right. So live joyfully, learn passionately and love deliberately. 

Cheers, 

:::requ1ne:::

❤️❤️❤️