“Sekinah!! Jamb has released Admission List o!!” Nana, Sekinah’s best friend and Cousin, hollered as she barged in Sekinah’s room without saying her usual peace greetings. She had just logged in to Facebook thirty minutes ago, to see that some students updated their timelines with testimonies of their newly offered admission. She was thrilled because she knew her cousin was going to get it this time. 285 and 292 in UTME and Post-UTME respectively, was not beans. Her Friend was a confirm “Kwaruwa”
“Really?! Let me check Jamb website sharp sharp” Sekinah said hopping from one tile to the other like an Atilogwu dancer as she logged in to check Jamb CAPS.
“This is it!” She breathed aloud.
Her eyes flickered with excitement and after which, resigned in disappointment. She hissed, threw her phone on her bed and then walked out of the room.
Nana, who was by the corner taking video shoots to capture a moment of great ecstasy, paused in confusion before she proceeded to pick up Sekinah’s phone.
“Wow! Medical Laboratory Science! Alhamdulilah. Kai, this calls for celebration fah” Nana called after Sekinah who returned with scowl on her face.
“Nana! Walahi! There’s nothing to celebrate about”
“Astafagfirullah! Seki , don’t say that. I don’t get you. Isn’t this all you’ve ever wanted? Getting into medical school?”
“Not medical school to study just anything, Nana. It’s Medicine I want. MBBS! I don’t want to graduate from school to comman be testing shit and piss.”
“Wayo! Ignorance! Who said Medical Lab is about shit and piss”
“I don’t care. I’m not accepting that admission. In fact let me go and reject it!” Sekinah made for her phone before Nana grabbed her by the shoulder
“You will do no such thing. Don’t be stupid! SEKINAH ABDULKADIR , this is your fourth jamb for crying out loud. With all the books in your big head, I never expected you to be this daft”
“Kai Nana. Don’t insult me”
“I will, if it has to come to that. This is your fourth jamb and if I can clearly remember, you’ve always been offered admission. Nursing first, which you rejected! Pharmacy twice, But no?! You rejected them. Saying there were not good enough and that it was medicine or nothing. See courses that people fast and pray for o”
“Ehn! Let them get it now, I have the right to choose what I want for myself and I see myself becoming a medical doctor in the future. Gynecologist precisely! And I will readily reject a hundred non-MBBS admission offers.”
“Okay, Seki. Let me ask you, why exactly do you want to become a doctor?”
Sekinah crackled a hearty laughter “To save lives now, what else”
“Seki, don’t give me that Bull crap. Every Medical Student says that. What specifically is your drive?? What is that unique reason? Please, don’t say passion!”
Sekinah thought for a while but nothing.
“Seki, All I see here is just pride. You want to be a doctor just because of the prestige and honor that comes with it. We live in a brazen society where science students in secondary school are already brainwashed to believe that if not Medicine or Engineering, the course is worthless.
What happened to soul searching? Thrown to the wind, isn’t it? See, I’m not against this your zeal to study medicine but ask yourself; why am I really obsessed with this course? What is my drive? I’ll tell you one truth Seki, that has worked for me all these years as a business student and it’s simply asking for the will of God. God wants excellence for his children, He has great plans for us, He knows future and what’s best for us. So, on a serious issue like career path, why not ask for His will. The career you choose can either make you or break you.
Do you know if all these years of seeming disappointment is God’s way of telling you that MBBS is not for you? Would you rather be a mediocre doctor or an excellent Nurse or Lab scientist? Would you rather stress yourself on a 22 hours surgery and still be regarded as one of the least surgeons or be the pharmacist that made a drug that saved millions of lives across the globe? What if, Yes, MBBS is really for you but God just wants you to learn a few life lessons in other departments before finally moving to MBBS?
Stop looking down on other courses! Get something doing. If you had accepted nursing then, you would have been in your third year by now and at least, understood life in medical school. Remember, an idle man is the devil’s workshop. Every day, I see you on the verge of being snatched by the wicked hands of depression.
Stop frustrating yourself and wasting your father’s money because of your sheer ignorance. I am your friend and sister. I’ll always tell you the truth. It’s 1pm already, time for Zuhr. Think about everything I said”
Nana headed straight for the bathroom to carry out ablution while Sekinah plopped to the bed, defeated.
“Time to have sense” Sekinah sighed. She picked up her phone, tapped her password, stared at her phone for some seconds and then clicked: ‘ACCEPT’.
Written by Favour Ikharo, Bayero University Kano, Kano State, NIGERIA