Derran G. Bedward - Nov. 27th, 2012
I would have never expected this, to be able to take a 18 hour flight to Africa. From the USA to Amsterdam then landing in Cape Town, South Africa, I will be taking a journey that most could not ever dream of.
Being a sophomore at the U of M majoring in Kinesiology in hopes to matriculate into a med school of my choice and become the doctor of my choice, I never once had the thought of going to Africa to study abroad. People always mentioned to me that I should go to England or Japan, but never once did they mention Africa. South Africa with its long history of social justice and change, gives me the opportunity to learn more about how the health system works there and even here in the U.S. Having one of the top health systems in the world, South Africa gives me hopes of finding out break through on diseases that haven't been found here in the USA as of yet.
Haha however this isn't my reason for going.
I want to find out who I am as an individual and what I am about. In my future, I plan to be a doctor of medicine, but the issue is; how must one help another if they are not fully in tune with themselves? How will I be able to use my God given gift to heal an individual if I do not know who I am? Even more so, is the career path I have chosen for myself right for me, is it my true calling or am I only in it for the money? These are the questions I ask myself everyday, and these are the answers I hope to find.
In the next few weeks, I am expecting to deal with a lot of money issues and packing issues along with learning about the country of South Africa. I also expect little sleep seeing that I really excited and even more, I love planes.
To the new life in South Africa, let it be amazing.