Hi guys, so before resuming back to school this week to start a new semester I was fumbling with the idea of starting a Youtube channel and vlog my Nigerian med school experience but then, if you’ve known me for a while you’d know that I don’t exactly love to be in the public eye and besides that I am one of those people that like to keep my social media engagement and usage to the minimum. Also, I considered that I already run a blog, and since I prefer writing to talking really, why not just blog my med school experience.
I haven’t figured out how it’s going to go yet but I guess I’ll just tell you guys about my week and some of the challenges of being a medical student in Nigeria. If you like the idea, please let me know in the comments so I don’t seem like a total retard lol.
After five months of being forced to stay home and not learn by the government, school finally resurrected from the grave on Monday. Many did not believe this would actually happen so school was kinda santy on Monday, but then news always spreads like wildfire on campus so by Wednesday, school was school again buzzing with life and some people were already starting to get jaded by how much work was waiting and calling and basically falling down on us like rain.
If there’s anything you should know about my returning to school it is that I now cohabit with a rat, a fearless one, might I add. I have been trying to kill it for an entire week and I have failed. Not to worry, I got its baby. I know, I know if there’s one baby that means there are others. They are all going to die this coming week. Also when I arrived, I was terrified to find that my room has been colonized by cockroaches. They were everywhere. I have killed about a million just this week. I am dead serious. And no, there’s nothing funny about it, anyway, you probably aren’t reading this so you can hear about all the pests in my room but you should know that all these things are also a part of the Nigerian student experience. No joke.
We (year 2 med students) haven’t had any classes so I haven’t seen most of my classmates, but I’ve seen my close friends and we weren’t all screams like most people were (rolling my eyes). Notwithstanding we have some practical classes scheduled for next week and you never know, we might have classes too. The thing about my school, or should I say the medicine department in my school is that we don’t have an official timetable. So say we have class tomorrow, what usually happens is the lecturer will call the class rep and the class rep will get the message to us via whatsapp. I know, poor. But then again you tend not to expect so much from them. That’s a story for another day.
You might be wondering what I did all week then, well first I had to clean my room. Which is kinda an everyday thing. It starts to look like its old self the more I inhabit it. Second I started studying because we already have a Histo/Embryo in-course* scheduled for next week or the week after that and I intend to nail it but then that’s the less pressing reason. The more important reason is that my MB part 1 exam is like six months away. Yup, sounds like a lot, and it is, so I’m trying to get ahead and just be super prepared. I had a lot of study group sessions with my friend, tm, and that helped cement some things in my brain. I also read a lot of non-school books this week which is weird. I actually sorta feel guilty. I did study a lot too tho. Network is lowkey terrible where I live so I haven’t been on the internet as much and that has been good for me.
I got the result of the very first in course I did in med school this week too (I’ve done 3 so far). It wasn’t great. It wasn’t too bad either. Just average. I felt like crap for all of one hour or so and got back to work. More determined than ever really. I also got a laptop this week. Yay! Thank you Jesus! Thank you daddy and mommy! She is snow white and I named her Zoey. I guess I don’t need to tell you that I love her, but if you were wondering, the answer is yes. I love her remarkably much.
What’s the most important thing I learnt this week? Just get it done, it doesn’t have to be perfect, the fact that you did it and did it to say an 80% is success. Move on to the next task.
Next week is going to be way busier, this I know. Wish me luck with killing the rat and have the weekend you so desire.
*In-courses are like (super-intense) inter-semester exams that make up about 30% of your overall grade. We’re supposed to have about 4 or 5 per semester in each preclinical course. That’s anatomy, biochemistry and physiology.