RESILIENCE

Chasing Time in Medical School

I take a glance at the time. It’s 11.45pm, it is almost time for bed and I have hardly accomplished the tasks I set for the day. This is how a majority of my days in school go.
Is twenty four hours really enough (am I chasing time)? But I guess that is all the time we have in a day. Keeping to time is no easy thing to do on a typical day but when tests, exams and bulky notes and slides come in, it is definitely another level of ‘not easy’.
Living on campus, which I do, brings about extra tasks that have to be achieved such as laundry, cooking, cleaning and many others, so how is it possible to efficiently maximize my day and get things done?
I have attempted many strategies such as the use of alarm clocks, human alarms which are most times my roommates and cutting deep into the six hours of sleep which I normally have, which I should add can have detrimental outcomes. One of such outcomes I clearly remember was me dozing off well into an examination. These strategies were sometimes effective but in the long run, they always proved unproductive.
So how then can I do this and avoid glitches in my time table. I don’t know how others would handle such a situation but I will tell you what I did…
It was one of those days in which I was overwhelmed again, after a very hectic day in school going from class to class and practical to practical. I hadn’t taken a single morsel of food and all I wanted to do was sleep in spite of a very full to-do list for that day. The next thing I did was definitely impulsive and this was to say a word of prayer. I did for a few minutes and fell asleep. I woke up well into the evening around 10pm chasing time, without the help of an alarm clock I should add. Believe it or not, I had my first meal for the day at that time. Surprisingly, I was neither sleepy nor tired. I was able to read my notes, my Bible, iron my clothes and prepare for the next day’s lectures and practical. I still had about an hour to rest my head before the realities of the day dawned on me.
That morning, I was able to go for devotion, something I hadn’t done in days. My normal morning routine was unusually smooth and I got to class early! I didn’t close my eyes for a second. In summary I had a great day, with an unusual vigour from I don’t know where.

Is twenty four hours really enough (am I chasing time)? But I guess that is all the time we have in a day.

I therefore concluded that no man is an island and I couldn’t do it on my own as hard as I tried. My personal relationship with God is very important to me and through that, everything really sorted itself out and I could not be happier or more grateful.
In our daily struggle with time management which is a crucial factor in medical school, let us not forget that we aren’t alone and catching up with time is not only a possibility, time itself can begin to chase us.
Jaachi Nwagbara

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Jaachimma Oluwabunmi Nwagbara

Yes you saw the middle name right. She is Igbo by tribe, from Abia state (having a Yoruba mother). She was born and brought up in Kaduna state and therefore you can say she has been exposed to the three major Nigerian cultures. It gets people fascinated. She is a third year medical student at the University of Ibadan, Oyo state. Before that she attended a few schools, all in Kaduna where she lives, which include, Challawa Nursery, Primary and Secondary School where she got her nursery education, Kingdom Heritage Model School where she attained primary education and the prestigious Zamani College, a school that shaped the person she is now, taught her how to dream big and made her realize she could achieve set goals and of course where she attained her secondary education. Getting into the university took a lot of hard work, discipline, perseverance and of course support especially from her loving mother and my ever helpful teachers. "Studying Medicine is quite demanding, especially if you are one who hates failure and so it is a daily struggle to get through every stage and excel as you get through. I am very much excited to share my journey. I trust it would be insightful!" says Jaachimma.

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