The season of chasing dreams is about to begin again or has begun, and it is symbolized by the start of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration.
With the job scarcity in Nigeria, medical and health courses are seen to have more job security compared to others. This is much closer to the truth than the popular chorus of aiming to study them because of passion.
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To the high-spirited secondary school leavers about to sit for the UTME for the first time, let us be clear and frank with you.
Unlike other courses, these medical and health courses you have passion for, like medicine and surgery, dental surgery, nursing, pharmacy, radiography, medical laboratory, optometry, physiotherapy, public health, etc., are usually competitive due to the many applications they receive for the reasons stated above.
Others not in the field of medicine and health but competitive for one reason or the other are law courses, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer and communication engineering. For commercial students, you have courses like accounting, and business which is competitive too, and others not mentioned.
If you’ve ever had a passion for something, you are probably well aware of the ups and downs that are natural side effects of pursuing the thing you love the most.
It’s no different in this case too. Sometimes you lose sleep because the thing you love keeps you up all night, and some days you just feel tired and uninspired. There are ebbs and flows in following your passion, which is completely natural and healthy.
Expect this and more on this journey you are just about to embark on. Truth be told, not everyone is fortunate enough to get it the first time. Many don’t and that is when your passion will be put to the test.
You need more than just passion to be able to achieve your dream, especially for those health courses.
Having said that, more than passion, you need resilience and strong conviction (Be convinced to hold a firm belief that this is the right choice for you). If not, you will give up easily seeing a mammoth crowd jostling for it just like you. As a fresh first-timer, know this and be prepared ahead.
To my friends who are unfortunate not to get it before and want to have a go at it again, we know how it is; we have threaded that path too. But once you achieve it, you will know that it is worth it.
You might be concerned that your time cannot be recovered, pressure from home to settle on one and most also the age factor—you are not getting any younger, and that is understandable.
To succeed in this, you have to remove age from your plans, because it will add unnecessary pressure on you.
Adamu is a Trust Plus fellow and founder, of Medic Rufyan’s Drive Facebook page.