What motivated you to join an OCIP?
Back in M1, I wanted to join an OCIP as a means to devote myself to a meaningful project. I felt that medical OCIPs were, in a way, much more focused in scope than those which I had previously participated in JC, allowing for the development of a more sustainable project. These OCIPs had an immense degree of autonomy, which was exciting yet daunting - the thought of planning and executing something that was a collective effort, which eventually sought to help communities in need appealed to me greatly. And of course, I was drawn towards elements of Project Lokun, like the humble living conditions. The promise of a learning experience that encompassed so much (global health, service, compassion and whatnot) and that could only be felt in such impoverished communities provided the impetus to try applying!
How is it different leading a group after being part of it?
There is always the fear of not living up to the good work laid down by the many who have come before, and the responsibility of being in charge of not only the work of a project, but the group's dynamics, is well... a challenge that never fails to surprise! But I’ve been blessed with a wonderful team and for that I’m grateful
Any hobbies outside of studying?
I play touch rugby for an external club! And I'm forever thankful to Med IFG for opening the door to this newly discovered interest 😊
What would you tell your M1 self? Any regrets in M1?
Everyone says to try out all sorts of things in M1 and enjoy it which I totally agree with, but I think I didn't really think through enough about the kinds of experiences that I would have liked to go through 😅 in the end there were just way too many "shizz i should have thought about going for this...".
Any quote you'd like to share with the rest?
"What is to give light, must endure burning"- Victor Frankl 🌞