“Like Wildflowers, you must allow yourself to bloom in places people never thought you would “
Happy New Month. This new month, I am so excited to launch a new series on the blog. This is an idea that I have been working on for some time now and I hope that these stories will inspire you.
Each month, I will spotlight one empowering lady who is pursuing her purpose and making an impact in her own lane. We will be shedding some light on their journey, understanding what motivates them, and how they continue to thrive through the challenges of life. My hope is that these stories can inspire YOU to dream bigger and take a bet on yourself.
Success comes in all shapes and sizes. This month we will be talking to my own little sister. Someone who inspires me to dream bigger every day. She is currently in her 2nd year of Medical School at The University of Calgary. A dream that she has had since she was a little girl. Despite hurdles along the way, she persevered and is on her way to doing what she was born to do.
Here is what she had to tell us!
Can you start by introducing yourself?
Hi y’all! My is Chidera! I am 2nd year Medical Student and sister of Azarya!
Now, I know quite a lot about your story and I know that the path to where you are today has not always been smooth sailing. I know that there are a lot of people who aspire to go to med school. What advice would you give them and what would you have said to your younger self when you were going through those challenges?
Whenever people ask me for advice on medical school I always tell them to work hard! I think hard work is never wasted! Even if you don’t end up in medical school, that hard work will benefit you in some way. Either in another career or just building a work ethic, you can apply elsewhere. Take breaks and enjoy yourself, but work hard. You don’t get a chance to do it again and it’s worth it when you get where you want to be (or at least I hope it is!)
If I could talk to my younger self I would tell her to cut it out with graphic tees from Stitches! It’s not “Cool 2 Bee (🐝) Cute”! What does that even mean?!
Then I would tell her to stay positive and stay optimistic! Life gets hard but you will be surprised just how much your child like optimism will get you through!
I define purpose as:
A calling on your life to make the world a better place! To me, purpose is very closely linked to a desire to positively impact the people around you.
I was one of those annoying kids who knew exactly what they wanted to be when they are 5 years old. I vividly remember declaring to my family that I was going to be a doctor. I thought it was fun to wear a stethoscope and I thought the white coat was trendy! It wasn’t until much later that I realized I was passionate about healthcare. I thought it was humbling to spend time with people in their most vulnerable moments and I loved that knowledge of biology and physiology could be translated to directly making someone’s life better!
One thing I try to do everyday is:
Count my blessings. Out loud I remind myself of how gracious God has been to me! It is too easy to forget! I try to actively list the things God has given me that I begged for and those things I never even knew I could ask for!
I improve myself by:
Surrounding myself with people who hold me accountable and encourage me to be better! My friends and family are the greatest support system and are not afraid to remind me of my goals! They also stop my head from getting too big by reminding me of how I dressed in high school 🙃
I feel most alive when:
I learn something new! I honestly feel a shot of electricity when something finally clicks! I have been known to shout “OMG wow” in a 170 person lecture theatre when I finally get it!
One thing that is difficult for me is:
Failure. I struggle to be kind to myself when I do not succeed. I take it personally even when I shouldn’t. I am learning that I am not my failures but I would not be the person I am today without them. I like the person I am and if it took a few failures for me to get here it was worth it!
I face challenges by:
Leaning on the people around me who I know love and support me. I am extremely grateful to have supporting friends and family. People who believe in my capabilities much more than I do sometimes. I’m usually not afraid to face a challenge because I have an amazing safety net if I fail.
My favourite inspiring quote is:
“Have courage and be kind”. I think its from Cinderella LOL. Its so simple but I think being brave and being nice to people is a great driver for me!
The best advice I have ever been given is:
Leave a trail of happy people wherever you go! It is important for people to have pleasant experiences with you, you don’t want to be the person people avoid professionally or socially! I have had the opportunity to work with some very interesting people – some I love, some I did not. I think it was very important for me to learn how to deal with difficult people and even get them to like me!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Finishing up my residency in Paediatrics and getting ready to face the big bad world 👩🏾🎓I am only in my 2nd year but I am so excited to start clerkship and begin cultivating clinical skills that will hopefully someday help me save lives!
To learn more about Chidera, you can check out her social media pages
Linkedin: Chidera Nwaroh