Tell me about your future career and how you became interested in that.
I have always wanted to be a doctor; I have never wanted to be anything else. I’ve always liked science and working with my hands. Being a doctor also gives you the chance to be challenged intellectually
and to have really meaningful social interactions with your patients.
I decided on pediatrics mainly because of the doctors who are currently in the field. They are some of the most amazing, passionate, and dedicated physicians I have ever met, and they really seem to love what they do. Having that love and passion for my career is what I want. As a child, I had some chronic health issues, and I think the impact my physicians had on me is a big reason why I chose pediatrics.
Tell me about what Match Day is like and where you are going for your residency.
The greatest thing about Match Day is that you have been through this really difficult journey with all of these people in your class and you finally get to this day where all of your hard work has paid off. It was really awesome to see everyone enthusiastic and excited about where they are going for their residencies. I was matched at the Emory University School of Medicine in pediatrics, and I am looking forward to the future!
How have these past four years changed you as a person?
ECU has made me more aware of who I am as a person. I have become more aware of the influence I can have on others, whether with words or actions. You have to be careful how you treat people because it can have a bigger impact than you might think.
Upon graduating, what will you miss most about ECU?
I will miss my classmates the most. ECU is wonderful. It's given me the opportunity to meet these amazing people.
Anything else we should know about you?
I am a first-generation American. My parents came to the United States before I was born. Both of my parents came from small villages in Ghana. I had the opportunity after my first year of medical school to visit Ghana and to meet family members I had never met before. I was able to see how hard my parents worked so that I can be where I am today. Ghana is amazing and I hope to eventually go back and have a primary care clinic there. I just feel extremely blessed to have this heritage. Sometimes we get so caught up in where we are currently that we forget where we came from. Having this constant reminder of my parents working so hard motivates me to give back.