Meet Lul Abdullah


1. Lul Abdullahi – Mandera County

 

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Lul Abdullahi. I was born in Mandera but raised in Nairobi. My inspiration in life is to enjoy life day by day. My hobbies include travelling, chasing sunrise and sunsets, reading articles or novels (currently reading Promised Land by Barack Obama. It’s a great book), and also making new friends.


Did your academic record reflect any major challenges? If so, what are they and how did you navigate through them?

Yes it did. Adjusting to the culture of reading most days of the week and weekends was hard. Before joining med school I was told I will read a lot and spend most of my time reading but until I experienced it first hand it was all but words. I took time to learn myself and how I can operate. Being a morning person, waking up is not a hustle for me. So I used that to my advantage instead of struggling after classes to do assignments or read. Also, I’d tuck in early to bed then wake up in the wee hours of the night to read then continue with my day and the cycle continues.


7 years of hardwork, consistency, painstaking lectures. Tell us about your experience.

When I was starting this journey, I always wondered when it will be over. Fast forward 7years, here I am wondering how fast those years have gone by. It has been 7 beautiful years of sacrifice, hardwork and dedication, full of its ups and down. 7years of learning new things each and everyday.


Is there a time you wanted to give up? Why?

Yes, a lot of times. As you go up year by year it gets harder and harder. You start contemplating whether this journey is really worth it. You doubt yourself and look down upon yourself a lot of times. The blueprint of it is, you end up sacrificing a lot of your time for studies. You become that friend or family that is never available to do things most of the time or end up missing a lot of milestones your fellow agemates have achieved because you are still in school studying.

 

In short, learning medicine takes a toll on every aspect of your life i.e your health (mentally and physically), family and social life.


What has been your greatest motivation during these years?
Envisioning me becoming a strong independent lady that will have a great impact on my family and the society at large.

 

Your advice to those who would like to pursue Medicine?
Studying Medicine is a journey. Make sure it is a journey you have chosen for yourself and not a decision made for you by your parents or guardians. It is tough but you will make it if you have the passion and drive to study. You will doubt yourself, you will fail also but don’t make those moments the highlight of your life use them to motivate you to work harder. Never compare your progress to other people’s progress because that will kill your self-esteem and make you doubt yourself more. Plan yourself, learn what works for you and exploit that.

 

Finally, don’t forget there is life outside books and libraries – take time to yourself and enjoy life too. Its up to you to make this journey memorable. And all the best.

 

What family members, friends, lecturers or other individuals have been influential in achieving this milestone?

God. He has seen me through this journey. Without Him I would have had no guidance. I put him first in everything because I know He will never fail me whatever the outcome.


My family. I am blessed to have grown up in a family that values education. They have been my number one supporters and motivators from the word go.


My friends. The kind of friends you keep matters a lot. I have the most understanding and amazing friends ever both at school and at home. They have pushed me to study hard and also enjoy life at the same time too. They give me the balance between studying and enjoying life outside books.


Our lecturers too have been instrumental in this journey. I’m grateful to each and everyone of them. Some we have become friends along the way, others have become our mentors.


The staff at General Kago Funeral home have watched us grow for the 7years and have been helpful yet wonderful. Without them, most of the day to day activities would have not been possible. I feel sad I have to say goodbye to them because they have became family to me.


The staff at Thika level 5 hospital from consultants, nurses, MOs MOIs, Cos, COIs, the cleaners, each and every staff has taken the initiative to help us learn at the hospital. The thing I love about hospitals is you get to work as a team, everyone is a team player, no one is superior to the other. I have learnt from each and every individual staff and for that I say thank you to all of them.


I know I have not mentioned a lot of other people, but they should know I appreciate them all.


How has your undergraduate experience at Mount Kenya University, if any, better prepared you for a medical career?

I want to thank MKU for giving me the opportunity to pursue my career in Medicine. If given a second chance I would still have chosen MKU. Recently, it was chosen to be the best medical school in the country and I think that speaks for itself.

 

Tell us about your experience and time in Mount Kenya University- facilities, your lecturers , lectures, colleagues

My time at MKU has been amazing. Being the pioneer class in a private institution has its pros and cons. The fact that there were few students in my class gave us an added advantage. The lecturers had an easy time teaching us and knowing us at an individual level compared to teaching a large group. They know each and everyone’s strength and weaknesses therefore, they get to help each one of us, individually. During practicals everyone had their own working station and equipment so there was no much hustle of sharing things, everyone gets a chance to experience it for themselves.


Are you confident to face the world and practice what you learned? Why?

No, I don’t think anyone is ever ready. I am excited and scared at the same time. But I believe in myself and I know I can conquer this next step in my journey.

 

Current read?
Promised Land by Barrack Obama