INTERVIEW WITH EWURAMA TAWIAH
The UGMSA Ediboard brings to you the first Student Personality interview for the Academic Year.
For this month, our Student Personality is one young lady who is blazing trails and continues to achieve extraordinary feats outside of her Medical School education. She is in the person of Ms. Ewurama Dankwah Tawiah and we are happy to share with you what goes on in this great mind of hers.
A Brief Profile
Ewurama Dankwah Tawiah, is a 22-year-old 5th Year Medical Student, with an open friendly personality who is willing to learn from anyone regardless of age, and is not afraid of failing and learning from her mistakes. She attends the Mega Light Church on campus, but is a member of the Assemblies of God Church when at home.
Ewurama has served numerous roles in various places that have contributed to who she is now.
She attended Primary and JHS at the Crown and Glory School where she was the School Prefect, and served in the French and Debate clubs.
She had her SHS education at Wesley Girls’ SHS and served as the main Thompson Dzokoto House Prefect among other minor roles.
Here in the University, she was the Vice President of the Class of 2021 from 2nd to 4th year and the Local Officer for SCORA(2018-2019). She is currently the National Officer for SCORA and the Chairperson of the Youth Advisory Board of the Ghana Health Service (She’s the first medical student to occupy the position). She has also served other minor roles such as Secretary of the UGMSA Constitutional Review Committee and the Past Secretary and current Acting President of the Debate Society.
She has quite the resume already at such a young age, so naturally we had to pick her brain to see what transpires in there that makes her excel so much in so many spheres of her life.
UGMSA Editorial Board: You are a medical student who manages to stay afloat despite all your extracurriculars. What are your methods?
Ewurama Dankwah Tawiah: I plan each day in advance. I also have friends who support me. Inasmuch as a leader has people to mentor, he or she must be a mentee to others. In that sense there are people to motivate you, and you know you are not doing it alone. When you find out that other people are also engaged in the same things you are engaged in, it gives you a sense of relief that after all you are not the only person engaged in such extracurriculars.
Also, good feedback from people our projects have impacted serves as a source of motivation to move on. I also read a lot of motivational writings from the Bible and people like John C. Maxwell to always keep my energy up. My church on campus, Mega Light also keeps me going; the messages and sermons always serve to freshen my perspective and pump me up for life.
UEB: You have done a lot of projects since you entered this medical school, which of them would you say is your favorite?
EDT: Well, the SCORA World AIDS Day Project is my favorite so far. I learnt a whole lot. The project was a success, under the leadership of Rose A. Bempah. It even won us an award for Best NMO Project (in the African Sub-region) at the recent IFMSA African Regional Meeting.
UEB: Wow, that is such an achievement. Is there any project you are currently working on?
EDT: Currently, SCORA is working towards the World Contraception Day, which is on 28th September. We will be partnering with Marie-Stopes to organize a program to create awareness. Last year we held an outreach at Korle Gonno. There was a beauty pageant, we answered questions on contraception use and helped with a health screening. SCORA in other medical schools also have projects that I am involved in as the National Officer.
UEB: That sounds great. You really do so much with the positions you occupy. Do you have any advice for your mates?
EDT: Yes. I want people to understand that medical school isn’t everything. If you want to stand out, you must have other skills. You must develop yourself holistically, and not just stay in your books. There are a lot of medical doctors out there. What will make you stand out? Your closest people must challenge you to aim for more. I learnt that people who are less qualified than you are occupying positions you’re more suitable for only because they reached out for opportunities that came their way. You must also love everybody, even if the person has seriously annoyed you, you must learn to forgive and not hold grudges. You have no idea where you will meet them next.
UEB: With the trend of referrals and repetitions, what do you think can be done?
EDT: The academic boards are doing a lot for the students. I suggest that lecturers and the administration should actively be on the search for students performing poorly and help them. They should not sit and wait for the students to reach out to them: it should be the other way around. Also, the method of breaking news of referrals and repetitions needs to be reviewed. Students who fall in that category must be invited to some form of counselling even before the list even comes out. The way the news is broken is really not the best. Putting out a list and telling people that once their names are not on the list, they have referrals or have been repeated is not effective at all with respect to mental health. Students should also be allowed to see their marks, and lecturers should realize that mistakes do happen and they should be more willing to review these things.
UEB: Thank you for making time to meet with us this afternoon and for providing us with such an insightful session.
Interview by: Makafui Amewu (Class of 2021) and Justice Obeng Manu (Class of 2021)