For as long as I can remember, I have dreamedof science. Where others see the engineering, experimentation, and presentationof science as a chore, I only see excitement. Even as a child I constantlysought it out, first on television with Gifted hands and CSI Las Vegas, then later in person in every museum exhibitI could find. Science in all its forms captivated me, but science projects inparticular were a category all to themselves. To me, science projects were aspecial joy that only grew with time.
In fact, it was this continuedfascination for hands-on science that brought me years later to Kumasi TechnicalUniversity. Being admitted in totheir three years Science and Industrial Laboratory Technology programme made me feel like a kid in a candy store. Justthe thought of participating in a project at the Microbiology,Chemistry and Biochemical lab at that level of scientific rigor made me forget that that was justa drop from a mighty occean and I spent the first day eagerly examiningevery piece of equipment.Even at first, when the whole class sat theredoing rote calculations and others felt like they were staring down the barrelof defeated purpose, I remained enthusiastic. Time and time again I remindedmyself of that famous phrase “great effort leads to great rewards,”and sure enough, soon my aspirations began to be met.
This shift in attitudealso coincided with a shift in location: from the incubator to theautoclave at the Microbiolgy lab. Now things began to get really interesting. At the end of thethree year HND programme, I became more interested and passionate in healthsector after my internship at St Peter’s Catholic Hospital Asankrangua, StPeter’s catholic Hospital Jacobu and Tradewinds Chemist Limited at Ayigya inKumasi.
During the internship,I discovered how Doctors identify diseases anddisodersof patients and how drugs arebeing manufactured and controlling it’ quality. At this juncture, I know thatlaboratory technicians are the backbone of diagnoses and treatment. But tobecome a certified medical laboratory technician, I need to pursue medicallaboratory programme to achieve my goal. Reading from Lily Takeuchi a medical laboratoryalumni from The University of British Columbia, Brinn Powell, Xinya Wang about how they were challenged to learnmany new laboratory skills, acquire knowledge in a wide variety of differentsubjects, write lab reports, and improve their presentation skills, I said to myself, “wow, I can also accomplishthis skill”.
BecauseI am applying as an international student, I needed a school that treat allstudents equal, irrespective of your race or continent. I choose University ofBritish Columbia after listening to Jessie Wang from the medical laboratory science class of 2015, how professors went beyond the textbook and even beyond the bench toincorporate clinical relevance and the directions she got from Dr.David Huntsman during her research, I think I will find my expectations in yourschool as an international student I cannot say much about the campus afterthe virtual tour at Vancouver campus, the UBC Welcome Centre,the TRIUMF, UBC Library, (CIRS),The Beaty BiodiversityMuseum, UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research,just to talk of few, I have never seen such places here in Ghana. I feel more alive, I have always dreamed ofscience so I think University of BritishColumbia it the place i shouldbe to achieve my aim.
To me, medical science is the future and through it Iseek another, permanent, opportunity to follow my passion.