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"The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated." - James Baldwin
//“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies . . . Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die . . . It doesn't matter what you do, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that's like you after you take your hands away.” -Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451//
My mother moved to England from Ghana at the age of about 17. She then traveled the world (for a few years, since she currently is 29 and 3/4) and eventually moved to the United States just a few years before I was born. Growing up with an amazing intelligent and well-traveled mother afforded me a different world view. I saw the world as a first generation Ghanaian-American who was brought up in a fully Ghanaian household. My culture was not American, my food growing up was not American and my relationship to African-Americans was often difficult to cultivate due to this difference in perspective. I have grown and learned and forged many relationships with many different people from many different backgrounds, but I cherish the mindset I learned from my mother. That is the beauty of passing on knowledge, experiences, thoughts, culture, etc from generation to generation. My mother helped me navigate this world...and she taught me not to be selfish in my knowledge, but to help my fellow brother or sister. She engrained in me the drive to pass things along, to help others, to pave a way, to be thankful to those who came before me, to share the wealth...to aspire to inspire.
I am a dark-skinned, Ghanaian-American, assertive, strong-minded and intelligent FEMALE Medical Doctor in a Caucasian, male-dominated field. I experience things that many of my colleagues never even think of. My dream is that the medical field becomes more diverse and fully saturated with minorities!
What advice do you have for girls that aspire to be a “ Black Woman, White Coat?”
First and foremost, never let anyone tell you that you cannot achieve your dreams. Anything that you aspire to do or be, you can do it! The road to attaining your goals may not be easy, it may have great triumphs and failures, but you should always remember that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and people will be put in your path to help you...sometimes when you least expect it.
My advice is to follow your dreams. Do well in school. Be prepared to always be your best, because unfortunately, a lot of people are waiting for you to make a mistake. Seek help when you need it! Having the skill of knowing when to ask for help is invaluable. Find a mentor who has recently been through what you are planning to go
through. Sometimes just hearing stories of success can be the greatest boost in confidence. Lastly, NEVER GIVE UP.
What do you hope to accomplish while practicing?
I recognize that practicing medicine means that I have a lifetime of learning ahead of me. I hope to continue to become a well-rounded, competent, and compassionate physician. I want to make a positive impact in the lives of my patients and in my community. I want to give back to my community and help others attain their goals, through mentoring. I want to inspire and motivate young people, especially young African-Americans, to work hard for their dreams and to help them realize that you can really do anything if you put your mind to it and ask for help when you need it...and I want to help with this process in any way that I can. I have made it this far and will continue to reach greater heights...and I want that for everyone. If I can do it, you can too!
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