“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?
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
Equally amazing is this song,
Wonderful Wonder (Nathaniel Bassey)
which is also befitting for this season because my God is AWESOME like that.
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)
– Spanish [via Duolingo and Memrise]
– Igbo [via Ife Igbo Learner and Igbo Basic app]
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*)
– 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 GhostMovie with my homeys.
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,
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!
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.
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:
* Discipline, and
Having a plan helps to build a framework for these vital ingredients.
Here are practical ways to help you prepare for a new semester:
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.
So what if you are putting in the required efforts, and it appears you’re still not getting the desired results?
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s amazing how overcoming small challenges, even virtual ones, can motivate us to face real life situations.
In a particular semester in medical school, I became almost addicted to “Candy Crush” and jokingly told myself that if I could beat a certain level in the game, no subject was too difficult for me to handle. Amazingly, I went on to have some of my best results that semester.
Thankfully, there are a variety of medical games that not only help students to unwind, but also improve medical knowledge remarkably.
It’s also possible for you and your friends, to make up random games on the go, for instance, naming medical conditions that start with letter A or try to play Scrabble with the medical dictionary as a guide or have an Anatomy Challenge, where you only speak in anatomically terms for a whole day. I can bet it’ll be fun.
32. Stay Focused:
No matter what happens around you, don’t lose your primary focus for being in medical school- LEARNING!
It is easy to get distracted by other things, social media for instance, but most of these distractions are avoidable.
The rule of thumb is, if something can wait, let it wait. It takes a lot of discipline to achieve that, but soon it becomes a habit.
Distractions are like leaking holes in a pipe, too many of them will jeopardize your journey in the long run; so you must be wary.
It’s important to remind yourself each day about your Priorities/Goals and a good way to achieve that is to create a personalized Vision Board.
33. Ask questions:
“Nothing is more powerful as a tool of for learning, than asking questions.”- Myles Munroe.
Asking questions, especially from those who have gone ahead, provides you with more opportunities to learn even outside the classroom. The wells of experience from senior colleagues will not only equip you with the courage to face some of your worst fears but also the wisdom to avoid some costly mistakes.
There are enough answers if only you ask the right questions – REQUINE.
So quit trying to figure out everything on your own. Just ask away!
34. Aim for excellent grades:
While getting good grades isn’t all there is to medical school, it certainly helps to boost your morale when you find out that you got an A in the Genetics exam, or your name was on the dean’s list four semesters in a row with a scholarship to complete your studies.
Getting an AWARD for your hardwork definitely motivates you to do more!
35. Enjoy the Learning process:
Remember how eager you were to know the alphabets and engage in other learning activities as a pre-school toddler?
Like most kids that age, learning was fun. Unfortunately, many students lose that excitement as they get older. If all you think of is how to graduate from medical school, you won’t get the best out of it.
To have a fulfilling career, you need to cultivate the habit of enjoying the learning process. Doctors are life-long learners!
Be an active learner by applying something you’re taught in your interactions/activities each day. Let your knowledge be an investment into the future, generations will thank you for it.
We all know that Medicine as a career, is both prestigious and lucrative. Here’s what one medical doctor says, “The associated prestige from non-medics was pretty cool that I didn’t wanna lose that.”
Perhaps among your childhood friends/immediate family, you’re the first to get into med school. Think of all those looking upto you and how much value you will add to the society.
37. Believe you can make a difference:
Have you ever asked yourself if you can make any real difference in the field of Medicine? The truth is, you can.
Think of the hundreds/thousands of patients (and their relatives) that’ll come your way in the course of your career, and if you’re more inclined to research, imagine the groundbreaking discoveries you can make in Medicine. Also think of how you can inspire the next generation positively whether in the classroom or on the ward.
38. Financial Sacrifices And Future Remuneration:
Think of medical school as an investment. Most people put in lots of money whether through student loans, scholarships, personal savings or family support into financing their medical education. In most countries, medical education is more expensive than the average college degree, so you don’t want all the money spent to be a waste. The good thing though is that you are likely going to be overcompensated for every penny you put in.
39. Don’t Quit:
“Dropping out of medical school, means you’re going to start all over, whatever else you choose to do.” says one Doctor. While quitting isn’t always a negative thing to do, the thought of losing all the time/energy you put into medical school can be really frustrating. So why not take the bull by the horns and keep at it?
40. Take it one step at a time:
One of my top secrets of passing through medical school with minimal emotional breakdown was learning to take each moment/challenge one step after the other. Before I knew it I was counting the Months/Weeks/Days to my finals. There were lots of giants to slay along the way, tests, exams and more, but knowing that one step in the right direction will take me closer to my goal, I was motivated me to keep moving. In the end, the journey was so worth it!
More tips to stay motivated through med school? Please share.
I’m so excited to be writing this POST. There’s so much to say that I’m afraid of just blabbing…and well, it’s a long read, so grab a seat if you can.
The 13th of July was the Induction Ceremony for FTDs by the Medical And Dental Council Of Nigeria (MDCN).
So officially, yours sincerely is now a bonafide, licensed, certified and registered Doctor (even though the license is “provisional” pending the completion of my internship, yada, yada…🙄)
The event took place in Abuja (the capital of Nigeria) and it was all shades of lovely. The highlights were the induction lecture by the Guest Lecturer, Prof. Lovett Lawson, and the keynote address by the Honorable Minister of Health, ProfIsaac Adewole, who was the Special guest of Honor.
Afterwards we took the Hippocratic Oath, received our provisional licenses and were served with refreshments.
And to add to the spice of the event, my entire family were present and that doubled as a family getaway (i.e. a mini-vacay), the first we’ve had in years…and oh, it was refreshing!
I remember this time about 5-6 years ago, when getting into medical school was my “biggest” prayer point…I was so obsessed about it, that I fantasized and day-dreamed of it till it became a reality, and now I can boldly say that every tear, every disappointment, every joy, every victory….everything about that journey was worth it!
God MAKES dreams come true! (Psalm 37:5)
So moving on, I’ve tagged this month-
A W E S O M E ||A U G U S T
And according to Dictionary.com the word AWESOME implies:
“inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration or fear.”
And I just can’t shake off the feeling that it’s exactly what I’m to expect this season. I believe God is going to do something amazing that will leave me in awe of him.
That said, Let’s roll!
More of you (SINACH)
SCRIPTURE FOR THE SEASON
Matthew 7:7-8 AMP
“Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives, and he who keeps on seeking finds, and to him who keeps on knocking, it will be opened.”
1. FERVENT (Priscilla Shirer):
I’m re-reading this for my Small Group Bible Study and I’ve been blessed all over again.
“We simply don’t have the luxury of playing nice with prayer, not if we want things to change. If all we’re doing is flinging words and emotions in all directions without any real consideration for the specific ways the enemy is targeting us and the promises of the God that apply to us, we’re mostly just wasting our time.”
2. UNSTOPPABLE (Christine Caine)
“Our response should be to reach for Jesus in our moments of trials and allow his strength to make us into Champions. Champions understand that God uses every trial and obstacle as spiritual workout to build our strength and endurance.”
3. THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE (Stephen Covey)
“We see the world not as it is, but as we have been conditioned to see it. The way we see things is the source of the way we think or act.”
4. OUT OF CONTROL AND LOVING IT (Lisa Bevere)
“God isn’t interested in using us, he wants to transform and conform us to his image. It grieves him when we allow him only limited access into our lives, the areas we hold back from God eventually become our downfall.”
5. INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP (Peter F. Drucker)
“A new business must start with the assumption that its product/service may find customers in markets no one thought of. Rather than dismiss the unexpected as an exception, entrepreneurs need to look at them carefully as distinct opportunities.”
6. THE BIBLE: The book of JEREMIAH
– Spanish language (Duolingo and Memrise)
According to Duolingo, I’m now about 4% proficient in Spanish language (7 months and counting since I started learning actively).
Memrise has been kind enough to give me a breakdown of the words I learn weekly
– Igbo language
Learning the Igbo language hasn’t been as easy as I thought, coupled with the lack of consistency on my part (there are days I even forget I’m supposed to be learning it…smh😅). I’ve tried video tutorials and Igbo language apps, and they’ve not been as effective as I wanted.
My dear Igbo kindreds in the house, what are your suggestions for a non-native speaker to learn your language, biko (short of hiring a tutor)?
StoryTeller By Design (An Online Writing Course)
So I took another creative writing course recently and learnt more about the importance of my tone, style, clarity and authenticity in writing, the best part was the commitment I had to make at the end of the course:
Summer so far has been pleasant. Thank God for the experiences each new season brings. So lately here are the things I’ve been doing:
– Home tutoring
Throughout summer, I’ll be tutoring an elementary pupil who has a really poor grasp of English and academically behind for his age. Despite these challenges I believe I’ve been graced for this phase of the journey, and there will be remarkable improvement at the end of summer.
– Ankara crafts and designs
Finally, I get to do something I’ve been looking forward to, and is actually fun plus keeps me occupied for the time being. There’s hardly any limit to what can be decorated with an Ankara fabric. Here are a few of my crafts with the skill I’ve acquired:
I’ve been going through selected topics in General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics and then reviewing my History Taking and Physical Exam skills.
– Job Hunt:
The story of my life!!
– FoodNetwork : So I have a new favorite channel (sorry Disney and Nickelodeon 🙋), and it’s the FoodNetwork. Their shows give so much inspiration to the creative mind. I especially enjoy how they make the art of cooking look so appealing rather than a mere chore. And thanks to them, “my kitchen” (well my mum’s) has been quite busy in recent times.
Making Pizza from scratch with my homeys for the first time, a few days back, was one of my best moments this year. Not only was it a memorable experience working in the kitchen as a team (which is rare), the Pizza tasted so nice that we had second and third helpings.
1. Highlights from my Journal of Goodness: The habit of journaling is such an eye opener. I was amazed by the little things I chronicled on a daily basis for a whole month that I’d otherwise have taken for granted. Things like:
– receiving cash gifts (made close to 5K last month from “dash” alone)
– visits from friends and other acts of hospitality,
– random calls and texts that made my day,
– hanging out with family (whether praying, gisting or making dinner)
– unexpected kind and encouraging words,
– feedback (likes, comments) and even new subscribers on the blog!!!
With that experience I hope to cultivate the habit of appreciating the little things people do for me and also cultivate active ways to “pay it forward”!
2. Home Theft Incidence (and a few tips to prevent window-robbery):
So a couple of days back, someone (or more) stole from our house via a window in the bedroom I sleep in (with two others at that time), and made away with some electronic devices, cash etc
It was especially painful for me, because I was up at night to do a couple of things, and on getting back to bed, I heard some sounds (and assumed it was our dog patrolling the compound) and also saw a flash light across the dresser (and assumed someone left a device there that was blinking). If only I’d gotten up to check…
Long story short, it wasn’t until the next morning when I saw my bag on the floor and the window wide open that I began to connect the dots and raised an alarm. It was a rather sad incident for all of us that day and I’d be lying if I say I’ve not been a little paranoid since. Sleeping at night in recent times has been quite challenging as I’m still trying to adjust to NOT getting up to check every weird sound I hear😱
One night in particular, I was so distressed at the thought of another theft that I could barely close my eyes for HOURS, so I literally prayed myself to sleep. Thank God for the comfort of the scriptures- Proverbs 3:24 (GNB):
It’s still my prayer that somehow the thieves would get caught and be brought to justice or the Holyspirit himself would arrest them, cause them to repent and make a restitution. Either way, we WIN! 💃💃💃
For my Nigerian audience (living in Nigeria), these tips might be of help:
1- DO NOT leave your electronic gadgets charging close to a window (except you live in an upstairs apartment)
2- ALWAYS have a flash light nearby when you sleep (that way you can quickly investigate if you notice anything odd)
3- KEEP all money (or better still your handbags/purses/wallets) and other valuables safely tucked away in a locked closet or random non-conspicuous place (eg under the bed, inside a bucket etc 😉)
4- Items like mopping sticks, rakes and other sharps are enablers for these predators and if possible should NOT be left lying about in the compound.
3. My New Muse:
I recently started crushing on this game PhatGal and though I’m yet to get a good hang of it, I can say it’s an interesting one. So check it out on GooglePlay store.
4. 8 Casual, Weird or Not-So-Weird, Things About Me:
(1. I’ve traveled via the 4 major means of transportation ✈️🚉⛴🚗 . Flying is the best!
(2. Brushing my teeth every night is one of my most favorite things to do 👄
(3. I’m the girl who enjoys eating other people’s food (especially my mum’s) just because… 🍲
(4. I don’t know how to/ have never playedchess before in my life and I’m not bothered 💆
(5. If wishes were horses, I’ll eat fried plantain every day and with every meal (or not) 🍛
(6. I sometimes sing/talk to myself while walking down the street and it’s never boring 💁
(7. I’m a confirmed bathroom “worshipper” and “dancer”, don’t judge 👯 (8. Between Watching a Movie or Reading a Novel of the same plot? Well you know the answer already…
21. Don’t lose your Passion: Passion is more than a feeling, it is a series of decisions that drive you towards your goal. When you’re passionate about something, you just don’t do it because you have to, you do it because you WANT to.
Not everyone has the bravery or opportunity to embrace their passion; in order to survive, most people prefer to be practical rather than passionate. (Singyin Lee). The difference however is always clear between a passionate doctor and an ordinary one.
22. Set Priorities and Rewards: “This is a very practical one for me, I set priorities for school work during the semester, and plan ahead for the holidays. I try to focus and do well during school and tell myself I’ve got the whole vacation as a reward for my hard work.” says Tinu, a medical student.
23. Don’t sweat the small stuff:
Most medical students will tell you that medical school is tough, which is relatively true. However, you’ll be doing yourself a great injustice if you see everything as overwhelmingly difficult. Rather than focus on what you don’t know for instance, do what you know and keep working on getting better with others. As long as you remain consistent with studying and observing, you will overcome the hurdles.
It took a while for me to summon enough courage to take blood samples from patients while some of my junior colleagues were already good at it. Thankfully, I could do other things like taking patient history, physical exam, writing out discharge notes etc Eventually what seemed such an arduous task became a relatively easy skill for me.
24. Faith in God:
The place of faith in the medical school journey cannot be overemphasized. Like all of life’s challenges it is accompanied by risks and fears, but when you see medicine as more than a career path but a call to God’s purpose, you have the confidence that no matter what, the outcome will be victorious.
With God, ALL things (including your dream of becoming a medical doctor) are possible!*
25. Set simple goals and achieve them:
Setting goals no matter how simple they are, sets you apart as an individual. It will show in your commitment, perseverance and diligence towards a given cause. For starters, it can be as simple as- getting a better grade in the next Anatomy exam.
26. Be your greatest cheerleader:
Everyday, get up and look into the mirror. Tell yourself where you see yourself in a few years. Encourage yourself when there’s no one else to turn to. Celebrate small victories. A pat on your shoulders, a reassuring smile and a toast after a good exam, all add up eventually.
27. Learn to unwind:
Over the years, medical students across the globe have learnt healthy ways to cope with the challenges of medical school. Sports, Entertainment and Religious activities are a few. The key is to discover the things that give you joy and do them.
As medical students, it’s important not just to learn but also to teach others what has been learnt. That way, you are not only helping others to know what they don’t know, you are also helping yourself to remember what you already know.
A good way to do this, is to join a tutorial group where you can offer to teach your junior colleagues (or even classmates) a subject you’re pretty good at.
29. Seek help when you need it:
It’s normal to feel overwhelmed at some point despite your best efforts at staying motivated. Times like that require that you seek help, whether from your academic adviser, professional counselor or a spiritual mentor, depending on your need(s). There are also countless self-help materials out there that you may find useful.
30. You’re not alone:
Think of all your senior colleagues and even lecturers who have been up that road and how they scaled through. The truth is, most of them probably had times of self doubts and frustrating grades too. So let their success stories inspire you.
And for some reasons I have started to feel like I’m actually older than I really am. 😒😟
Maybe my staying mostly indoors has something to do with it, because thanks to MDCN, yours sincerely has been living a pretty domesticated life lately.
Like I’m almost always home all day, everyday, and I have actually started reading articles for stay-at-home mums (just because), only that I’m neither married nor with kids yet. Sigh.
So my domestic roles cut across being a personal trainer to my parents (in our amateur morning stretching exercises 😂😂😂),
to helping to plan and prepare Family Meals (because I love Food Time Tables),
and also playing the House Doctor, especially prescribing antimalarial drugs (because if it looks like and feels like Malaria, it’s likely Malaria, right? I know WHO now recommends testing before treating Malaria, but with the ceaseless rainfall and relentless mosquitoes at home, there’s no time to waste time).
Just so you know, in the last week of June, I was also a victim to what I suspected to be Malaria and it rendered me almost useless to myself and those around me. I stayed in bed for days and even suffered a bout of depression (not clinically ofcourse). It was while recuperating that I wrote this poem LIFE 101.
Sickness of any type is especially frustrating for me because not only is it distressing, I also find it depressing and distracting. Bottomline is I don’t like to be sick, because it puts me out of CONTROL. Medical doctor or not, Sickness is Terrible!
Anyway, I’m so thankful I’m back on my two feet without having to go into the Emergency room. Hallelujah!
Now let’s roll into the JULY VIBES!
1. Song on replay:
Love me too much (Travis Greene)
2. Scripture for the month:
This is a much needed WORD for my season of wait!
3. Currently reading:
– The four loves (C.S Lewis)
“Friendship can be a school of virtue but also a school of vice. It makes good men better and bad men worse.”
– Lioness Arising (Lisa Bevere)
“If God has spoken, believe him. Go where he asks you to go; listen to what he says to you. Follow this lion as he leads, and trust the “knowing” even when others might not understand.”
– Unstoppable (Christine Caine)
“Faith is always one generation from extinction and we are the ones entrusted with carrying the baton for this generation and handing it off to the next.”
– Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Peter F Drucker)
“Innovators should not be rewarded for failure but certainly not to be penalized for trying. An innovation is expected to start small but end big.”
– Passing It On (Myles Munroe)
“Mentoring has more to do with association than with instruction.”
– The Bible: The book of 2 Kings
– The 30-31-30 Devotional by Eziaha.
In one word, the devotional is DEEP! You need to read it to understand what I’m saying. God bless Coach E as always! Pls download the FAB E Reader Apphere and look up the devotional too, even if it’s the free version.
4. Still learning:
Spanish and Igbo languages.
5. Just completed:
An 8-week StoryCrafting Course Online, and I’m so glad I participated.
Among other things the course has helped me to pay a closer attention not only to what I write, but also how I write. Another class is coming up soon, so if you’re interested you can check out this link.
6. Recent Adventure:
So I bashed my Dad’s car while driving into our compound one sunny afternoon 😂😂😂
insert *Tony Tetuila’s You don hit my car*
Thank God nothing was broken and no one was injured! My parents were kind enough to laugh it off, and everyone began to recount their bashing experiences too…lol
7. New Muse
I started keeping a Goodness Journal from the first of July.
This beautiful journal is a gift from my mum and I love how colorful it looks.
So basically it’s like A Book Of Remembrance for every good deed done (or kind word spoken) to me each day, whether by a loved one or a total stranger. The idea is to be able to reflect on these, when things get a little bit tough and also to keep my benefactors in prayers. So for every good thing you do to me this month, I get to treasure it forever! So what are you waiting for?😜😅
For the average Nigerian living in Nigeria, whether male or female, the good life is pretty much basic:
1. Settle down on time(aka get married between your mid 20s and early 30s, beyond that you’re a latecomer. In Nigeria, if you’ve not married, you’ve not arrived).
2. Find a good source of income (a white collar job or a thriving business venture or better still both, and earn above 100K in a month, at least).
3. Give your kids the best education you can afford (Primary, Secondary and Tertiary; all private schools if you can, because ASUU is a monster).
4. Build your own house(s) and buy your own car(s), whichever comes first. (It doesn’t matter if you fail to plaster the walls before you move into the house or your first car is a used 1980 Toyota model; As long as you’re a landlord and car owner, you’re successful).
5. Don’t die prematurely. There are a lot of unique but avoidable ways to die as an average Nigerian- RTAs, Armed Robbery Attacks, Fire Outbreaks and Medical Negligence, are just a few. (Nigerians love to live, no matter how bleak the future looks, after all a living dog is a better than a dead lion, na bible talk am. Ecclesiastes 9:4).
6. Retire to eat the fruits of your labor (i.e. your children get to graduate, start working, marry into wealth, make beautiful grandchildren, then relocate abroad where you can visit them as often as you want, after all they are your major investments!).
Maybe there are some individual twists to what I’ve mentioned based on personal interests, but no average Nigerian can deny relating to at least one of the above.
“E go better” is the mantra of the Average Nigerian.
-It’s the reason we hustle (a refined name for struggling), from dawn to dusk just to make ends meet.
-It’s what we hope for every day of our lives, gathering in religious houses from week to week, holding special programs and giving special offerings, just to be blessed by the Almighty.
-It’s why we are restless and dissatisfied when others seem to be making better progress than we are.
In Nigeria, we thrive on sweat rather than sense, we own more buildings than we build people.
We are by nature myopic, more concerned about how we can get more rather than give more. Who wants to invest in a sick nation like Nigeria? The public civil servant just wants to collect his monthly salary and go home. There are bills to be paid, from DSTV monthly subscription to the Children’s school fees for the term.
The average Nigerian is less concerned about making any difference, whether local or global. Not the classroom teacher who just wants the day to end, not the nurse in the hospital ward already frustrated from the overwhelming workload and definitely not the police officer collecting bribes at the security checkpoint.
It is why many of our leaders lie and steal and get away with it. After all they are only sharing the national cake, which belongs to everybody but nobody in particular. And who wants to catch them? EFCC? Pls try again.
We the followers are not much different, as long as we can afford to fence our own compounds and provide for our basic amenities like electricity and water, the rest of the nation can go to rot.
So back to the bucket-list, what can we do to change our priorities from that of merely surviving to actually flourishing as Nigerians living in Nigeria? How can we make a paradigm shift from our attitude of consumption to that of contribution? Where do we even begin from?
My mum once mentioned this phrase while praying for my siblings and I recently, “They didn’t choose to be Nigerians…”
Neither did you. But now that you’re here, why not make your impact felt? I’m Nigerian and Blessed.
*ASUU: Academic Staff Union of Universities
“Mentorship is about getting to know someone and learning how he or she finds passion in his or her medical career.” writes Marissa Camilon, MD. “As young learners, we are drawn intrinsically to passionate people; whether their energy is shown through lectures, clinical work or even in simple conversations.”
Not only do mentors give advice, provide encouragement, offer insight, and connect you to a wider network; they can actually provide you with the perspective needed to figure out some solutions on your own.
12. Medical school is just a phase. It won’t last forever.
Just think of all the hurdles you’ve crossed to get to this stage, the endless tests and exams you had to take before you ever qualified to become a medical student. So is the journey through medical school, it is but a fraction of what lies ahead in your medical career. Stay optimistic!
13. Quitting is not an option.
“I’m fully aware of how rigorous medical school is, that prepares me to face any challenge during the course of study.” says Adarju, a medical student, who is also a spoken word artiste and a public speaker. Like the famous expression, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”
14. Cultivate healthy friendships.
Keeping the right company in medical school not only improves your emotional wellbeing, it also strengthens your focus. Seek like-minded friends who have a similar passion for the journey. They will not only ask to hang out with you for pizza, they will also suggest sleepovers where you can study together for your next Pathology test.
15. Find what works for you and make it work.
“I studied myself, I’m a lecture kind-of-person, I learn more in class than when studying by myself. So I attended more lectures and studied minimally.” says Dr. Popoola.
16. Remember why you started.
For some it was the admiration for the likes of famous Neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson, while for others it was simply a deep-seated desire to make a significant difference in their community. Whatever your motive was for applying to medical school, don’t allow the pressure from the workload to kill your dream.
When you have a great relationship with those who believe in your dreams and want you to excel, not only does their flow of support (whether through uplifting words, cash or gifts) boost your morale; you also do not want to let them down, which motivates you to even go the extra mile. Your support network can be your greatest cheerleaders while in medical school, and also for a lifetime. “There’s no one in this world who believed in me like my mum did, even when I didn’t believe in myself or my performance in tests or exams. She was just exceptional.” says Dr. Tamie.
18. Eat healthy.
It’s no news that a lot of medical students barely have enough time to grab a cup of coffee, before they hit the ground running; And because of their fast-paced schedule, they mostly survive on fast food and energy drinks. The truth however, is that it takes a healthy medical student to become a healthy medical doctor, and a balanced diet not only increases your physical stamina, it also enhances your mental capacity.
19. Focus on becoming competent rather than just getting good grades.
While good grades are important for you to graduate from medical school, you need more than good grades to become a competent doctor. So don’t be depressed because your grades are not so impressive, just keep working hard to become the doctor of your dreams.
20. Listen to podcasts.
Whether you’re interested in purely medical podcasts like EM Basic or you prefer a wider variety of topics such as TEDTalks, listening to podcasts is a good way to keep your motivation coming.