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


Jaachimma Oluwabunmi Nwagbara

Jaachimma Oluwabunmi Nwagbara is a fourth-year medical student studying at the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. She is from Abia state, one of the most beautiful places in Eastern Nigeria. She was born and spent most of her years in Northern Nigeria, Kaduna state to be precise. With a drive and passion to contribute meaningfully in her immediate environment, she has participated in politics, the Press and outreaches. She was the Editor-in-chief, Preclinical Press of the University of Ibadan Med- ical Students’ Association. She currently serves as the Financial Secretary of the Association. She also volunteers and participates in medical and social outreaches. She enjoys watching comedy series and exploring new places. She says, “Medical school is a journey, different for everyone and we all should share our stories. I look forward to sharing mine and learning from others who share theirs. As medical students/doctors, we never stop learning!”

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