Saturday 21 September, 2019

Outgoing Spartan students encouraged to think like lions

Students who have recently completed the Basic Science Progam at the Spartan Health Sciences University School of Medicine and are now preparing to pursue the Clinical Rotation have been urged to think like lions and keep the promises they made to themselves.

The advice came from Dr Ndidi Dagbue, the keynote speaker at the farewell ceremony for 38 students, which was held at the school’s auditorium on Friday.

The students were awarded for their excellent performances in various sporting disciplines and the roles they played in the various organizations at the school.

The ceremony also saw Alliah Aimable, a Saint Lucian who studied at Spartan, being presented with her MD.

The school, which was established here in 1980, is the first medical school on the island. It has produced a number of outstanding physicians who have excelled in their profession.

Dr Ndidi Dagbue

In explaining to the students, the importance of having confidence in themselves, Dr Dagbue, a professor at the school, said: “Think like a lion, who feels he is the best in the jungle. The lion feels he is the fastest, tallest, strongest…, and roams as if is.”

And in expressing confidence in the students, he said: “When I look at each and every one of you, I see progress in the making.”

Dr Dagbue exhorted the students to remain focused because they will be faced with a lot of distractions and challenges as they pursue their dreams.

According to him, one can only do what he or she tells himself or herself that they can do and will not be able to do what they tell themselves they cannot do.

“Keep your promises to yourself and do what you tell yourself that you are going to do. Don’t have failure on your mind and always think you are going to succeed. Be faithful and loyal to yourself,” Dr Dagbue urged the students.

In his farewell remarks, Akash Gupta expressed appreciation to the professors for providing them with the knowledge which has enabled them to successfully commence their journey into the medical profession and expressed confidence that they will complete it. He added that they are aware that they will be faced with many challenges but will not be daunted by it. 

He also recounted the fun they had at the school which he said they will never forget.

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