by Moses Malebana
Coming into my honours and taking a year out of my medical studies was not an easy decision to make. I came into honours because I wanted to get involved in research at some point in the future. That was the only reason I had, but I kept getting haunted by these questions in my mind. I kept thinking, is it really worth it? Is it worth adding one more year to my Medical degree? Is it worth delaying my dream of flying my parents into Cape Town to see their son graduating as a medical doctor? And what if I don’t even enjoy it? I took a leap of faith and went ahead to do my honours and seeing where I am and how everything turned out to be, I think this is the best decision I ever made.
There is relatively more “free time” in honours and that has given me a space to reflect on my life, my goals and aspirations which I feel were much needed. Academically, doing Medical Biochemistry has given me exactly what I was looking for. Being lectured by such enthusiastic experts has been a great experience. Most of them used to lecture me in my undergrad, but this time around I got to meet each of them individually and more intimately which has been an amazing experience so far.
The only downside has been the lab work, I wasn’t aware that the work can be so repetitive. You spend days doing experiments to prepare your samples for the actual experiment which might not even work in the end. Then you have to repeat that again and again until you get it right (which is also not guaranteed by the way 😅).
Overall, I learnt the greatest lesson this year, and that’s the importance of following your destiny. You might not be sure what you’re getting yourself into sometimes, but if that’s where you’re meant to go the road will become clearer and clearer as you go. This has been the story of my life!