Advice for freshers (Things I wish I knew before starting university)

Irrespective of your background, university will be new to you, it’s a new environment, a new phase of life, you’ll meet people from all kinds of walks; different races, different age groups, different religions, different sexual orientations, different nationalities and such. Understand that this is suppose to be a time in your life for cultivating relationships, for growth and self-discovery.Read More »


Finally a final year student.

There are things you absolutely look forward to going into medicine; the moment you get to tell your loved one that you’ve been accepted, your first day in class, passing your first exam, owning your first stethoscope, pair of scrubs, lab coat and obviously the day you get to wear all 3 at once. You look forward to the first time you set up a drip successfully, the first time you correctly diagnose a murmur, your first delivery, the first time you assist in theatre, the first time you save a life, the day you become a final year student and the day you graduate. There’s obviously so many other firsts but at this moment these are the ones that come to mind.Read More »

Yann-U-Mentally (an 18 hours Obstetrics call)

I was one of the fortunate or unfortunate 3 students (depending on your stance) scheduled to cover the 9th of August, women’s day for an 18 hours shift. We were expected to be at the hospital from 7am till 1am the following day. I had on a clean ironed set of scrubs, my stethoscope, measuring tape, obstetrics wheel, protocol book and a bag full of food; I was fully equipped for this call. Read More »

Yann-U-Mentally (My first night in Trauma)

Our Trauma rotation starts with a 13 hours weekend shift. As a clinical group we must decide amongst ourselves who’s going to cover which shift starting from 6PM on the Friday to 6PM on the Sunday. I was one of the four brave souls who had decided on covering the Saturday night. This would have been my very first exposure to trauma, ever! and my first overnight shift so I was nervous but really excited too.Read More »

I am yours and you are mine (A letter to my unborn child)

I thought I had discovered all the different forms of love until you. I thought I had felt the purest form of joy until you. I thought I knew what life was about until you. You’re nothing more than a seed tossing and turning making your mama sick and yet you already mean the world to me. We were never ready for you but we are over moon now that we know you’re coming. Never in my life have I felt the need to be better then the way I do now. I’m already in love you and you’re not even a person yet.


I am yours and you are mine.

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I had a conversation with an old friend. The more we spoke the weirder it felt as we realized how close we once were. She once knew everything there is to know about me, I was an open book with her, I shared all of me never doubting or second guessing myself. Never in my life had I felt so free, so real, so safe and so naked. She knew me better than I knew myself, she understood my fears, guarded my dreams and kept my insecurities secret. She was my safe space and my escape.Read More »