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Where are you from?
I was born in Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria. My family moved to England when I was three years old, and then to the United States when I was eight years old. I have moved a lot throughout my life, but I claim Buffalo, New York since that’s where my parents ended up settling.
What is your ethnicity?
I'm 100% Nigerian.
How old are you?
I'm 34 :)
What college, graduate school, medical school did you attend?
I attended the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York (go Big Red)! I graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, Health, and Society.
Fun Fact: I applied early decision and got in on my birthday (December 10th).
I started my Masters in Public Health (MPH) at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA after graduating from college. I then went on to start medical school at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN and completed my MPH between my second and third year. Subsequently, I graduated from Meharry in 2014.
What do you like to do for fun?
I love to sing and dance. My favorite type of music is Afrobeats. I also really enjoy decluttering and organizing my home. There’s a peaceful feeling I get when my space is minimal and fresh.
How do you balance your time between being a physician and everything else?
I have a big picture list of what I want to achieve during the year saved on my phone and use it as a quick reference as I map things out. I know that trying to remember everything will give me anxiety, so I write down EVERYTHING I need to get done. I am old school and have a physical planner. I start by planning out month by month with engagements I have already committed to. Then, I plan week by week based on my work schedule. Next, I plan day by day to help me check things off my To-Do list.
I always include buffer time to allow for things to take longer than anticipated or to go wrong. Finally, it’s important that I schedule time for self-care. During my medical journey, I lost so much sleep and sacrificed my own health one too many times. I work hard, but I also factor in time to take care of myself. That means I set time to work out and have a bedtime since I know I can’t give my best if I’m not at my best.