Nothing beats the joy of success. We have heard so many times that when you fail, you should get up and try again. What motivates you, if not the success? Seeing the beam of smiles on the faces of the inducting 600 level Medicine and Surgery, and Dental students would make you shed tears of joy commemorating their arduous years of training.
The College of Medicine University of Lagos, Idi-Araba, celebrated her Medical and Dental Induction of the Class 2016 -PLEXUS ’16 – on Monday, 14th of August, 2017. The venue was at the New Great Hall, CMUL. The program started at about 10.00am with the entrance of the Procession led by the Principal Assistant Secretary (Academic) of the College. After which the officials gave their addresses, remarks and induction lecture, then the inductees proceeded to take their oath and affirmation.
About ninety-one (91) MBBS students and fifteen (15) BDS students were inducted. These led to the presentation of awards and certificates to the outstanding inductees. After the alumni charge and students’ vote of thanks, the Provost gave his closing remarks and the closing prayer was done. By the time the Procession were done leaving, it seemed the happiness in the hall of students and families could know no bounds!
The Cameramen got down to business beckoning on mothers, fathers, relations and the inductees to come create memories with the snapshot of their camera. I and my colleagues also began to congratulate the inductees who we could meet and we came across the best graduating student in BDS (Dentistry) – Alade, Azeez Arisekola. Azeez was all smiles and very eager to answer any question thrown at him.
In his words “…It feels good to finally be a graduate…”. In response to what advice he would give other medical students who are still in school, he talked about being consistent, knowing their strengths and engaging in extra-curricular activities. He wasn’t citing these as theories he never practiced, as he himself had organized tutorials while in school, been an editorial chairman and even an executive in Muslim Students Society of Nigeria. In his opinions, “one has to be happy in whatever you engage yourself”. Newly inducted Dr Segun also advises other students to work hard and persevere as the journey through medical school is not an easy one. Nonetheless, it is not an impossible feat.
At this time, most of the inductees had left the hall to the venue of their “menu – menu”. It was one of these venues we met another outstanding inductee, precisely “the best graduating student in MBBS – Sowemimo, Oluwadamilola Elizabeth”.
I couldn’t help but be amazed by her carriage despite her petite stature. She was gracious enough to speak to us about her experience as a medical student and her joy in finally graduating. In her words “A journey of six years plus X is finally coming to an end and so I am elated and excited” She also made sure to emphasize that her award could only be by God’s grace as she never expected it. Recounting how she wasn’t even the best student in year 2 and 3, she explained how she decided to be her best in her clinical classes (year 4-6). This didn’t stop her from engaging in extra-curricular activities even in her final class; for instance, she served politically as a class senator for Association of Medical Students University of Lagos (AMSUL).
All in all, the induction ceremony was a success and truly, the reward for hard work can never be more emphasized. The Press club, UNILAG says big congratulations to all the inductees and wishes them the best in their future endeavors.
Correspondents: Iruoma Osonwa and Aluko Olubusayo