Another List of Reasons To Be Cheerful

It seems like I’m always doing these around this time of year, but yet again, the November blues have arrived. Lately, I’ve been super busy with work, my job, volunteering, and sport and church commitments, which has made me tired, and when I’m tired, I’m cranky. So apologies to anyone I’ve been snappy with; it’s not you, it’s me.

With the US election results and news of the BMA giving up on fighting the junior doctor contract, my usually positive outlook on the future has taken a bit of a hit, so I’ve decided it’s time to remember that it’s not all doom and gloom. So without further ado, here are some reasons to be cheerful, Taiwo:

  1. You’re alive!
  2. You’re living with lovely people, and compared to how much house drama you had this time last year, be grateful that you’re with such great girls.
  3. You’re studying medicine. Don’t you know how many people would happily trade places with you? So appreciate how blessed you are, and give thanks to God.
  4. You’ve had good reports so far; try to have more confidence in yourself! Ofcourse, this is no excuse to become complacent, so keep working hard, and remember to always give the glory to God.
  5. Don’t worry about the future so much- focus on getting through Year 3 first. And if you start to think about what life will be like after graduation, never forget that you will have a secure job as a doctor, and that is something you shouldn’t take for granted.
  6. As fun as being a student caller has been, the job ends next week, so you’ll have some free time to catch up on work, prep for OSCE, and maybe even read for fun and/or watch more films, YAY.
  7. You’ll be home for Christmas, your favourite time of year, in a month. A MONTH.
  8. Finally, there is hope in the promise of the cross. As bad as things are/will get, never forget the hope you have in Christ. Light shines better in darkness, so remember John 1:3-5 whenever you feel down.

My First Student Job and An Update on the Life of Tai

It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve posted, and there are only two words to explain my slacking: Third year. It’s been intense.

Admittedly, life would be less hectic if I didn’t feel the need to get involved with everything. I’m treasurer for medics’ netball, on the committee for the new health care arts and performance society; also joined the Marrow society, am still part of the church band and first impressions team, volunteer for the local refugee and asylum seekers support group, and now I have a job!

My days wouldn’t be as busy if I did less, but I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t get involved with as much as I could. Secondary care placement starts in just over a month, so my plan is to spend it catching up on anatomy, my notes, and ofcourse, sleep.

I’m still loving this module though- we’ve just finished ENT and are properly on neurology now, which is just so fascinating. The anatomy is a lot though, but hopefully when I start focusing more on it, things will make more sense. Just praying for strength to not get overwhelmed by everything right now.

So, I have a job! I am one of the student callers for my university, and it’s a role that involves me calling alumni to ask for donations. We get matched up to alumni who have done similar degrees to us, so I’ve spoken to a lot of Pharmacists, Occupational Therapists, and Physiotherapists. Most of the doctors I’ve called have been working… insight into what life after graduation will be like?

The job is quite convenient because I only have three shifts a week- two week day ones from 6pm to 9pm, and one weekend one from 12pm to 4pm. It’s only for a month too, and it finishes just before the start of secondary care placement, which fits in nicely with my plan to catch up on work.

And that’s what’s been happening in the life of Tai so far! I’m going home this weekend, so really looking forward to that. Here’s hoping that I get all my work done in time, so that I can just chill at home- #prayforTai

P.S- I have to give a shout out to one of the most dedicated readers of this blog. Leo, if you see this, so much for your promise to stop stalking me…


Nigerian Independence Day


To celebrate 56 years of Nigeria gaining independence from British rule, I had an independence day parTAY in my new house! I wanted a chance to educate my new housemates on Nigerian culture, and independence day this year was conveniently on a Saturday, so it was the perfect opportunity.

I made fried rice, jellof rice, gizzard stew, plantain, and grilled some chicken too, so it was quite the feast! Massive shoutout to my gal, Alice, for helping with the cooking- her onion chopping skillz are on point! Starbucks Gal also came down for the weekend, and it was SO great to have her back; uni life is definitely not the same without her and Bangladeshi Bae, who unfortunately couldn’t make the celebrations, but sent his apologies.

Also, I have to give a shout out to lovely Aunty Ije, who helped me with making the jellof rice and stew. Aunty Ije goes to my church, and she also happens to be a caterer, so ofcourse I asked for her help with cooking, as I’ve never made food for more than 6 people.

My housemates are massive cuties for wearing Nigerian colours to support me, JUST LOOK AT THEM:


Overall it was a massive success, and I’m definitely considering making it an annual thing! Anyway, enough from me. Here are some pictures from the celebrations:


Special mention to Samirah for being the life of the party and getting everyone to dance! If she hadn’t been there, I definitely wouldn’t have had as much fun as I did. Here she is being all shy, what a QT:



Hello, I’m A 3rd Year Medical Student

Another year, another house. Hopefully this house will be my third and final student house! My new room is a massive upgrade from last year; it’s a double room with a double bed, and a massive wardrobe, YAY.

Back at uni for my fourth year of student life and my third year of medicine, how time flies! This will be my first year without Starbucks Gal and Bangladeshi Bae, and I’m already missing them </3, but I’m looking forward to getting to know my new housemates better though! I’m sure I’ll be writing more about them as the year goes on.

So, year 3. I start on neurology this year, which is apparently the hardest module, so to say I was nervous would be an understatement. Determined not to get overwhelmed with work/too stressed out this year; it is well!

Goals for this year:

  1. Be better at time management- get my PBLs done earlier in the week so that I have more time to summarise lectures.
  2. Anatomy, anatomy, ANATOMY. I need to take it more seriously this year because neuro ain’t no joke!
  3. Join Sexpression.
  4. Cook more Nigerian food.
  5. Go running and to the gym more.

And that’s all I can think of for now! Off to make the most of my last two nights of freedom before lectures start, by going to watch a film, of course. Which film though? Hint: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife…


All Hail Queen Tai

Today Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch in British history, but this week another queen’s reign started… mine.

Yupp, as of Monday I’m officially back at university and all moved into my house for the year, exciting times. This house is much better than the one I was in last year because not only is it much closer to campus, it’s also near my church, is bigger, more spacious, and just smells nicer, you know? I’m living with medics for the first time as well, so this should be fun! Lu and Jess are two of my dearest friends too, so having them as housemates this year will be great.

So why am I Queen of the House? Well, first of all I just need to point out that this was totally not my idea! I’m not that narcissistic, trust me, but when Jess suggested it, how could I say no? 😉 I was appointed queen because I volunteered to have the smallest room in the house. Everyone else has a double room, and Bangledeshi Bae even has an ensuite bathroom all to himself, and with no one wanting the small room, I decided to take it.

The room actually isn’t that bad, it’s quite cosy I think, but my housemates felt bad, and came up with the “Tai Conditions” for me having it, and they are as follows:

  1. Tai doesn’t have to do any chores.
  2. Tai can use the dining table in the kitchen to study whenever she wants.
  3. Tai gets bathroom priority in the mornings.
  4. The house will have “Tai Day” every two months on the 14th, and Tai gets to choose what the house does to celebrate. (Bonus points for anyone who can figure out why it’s the 14th)
  5. And finally, Tai is Queen of the House. (I’m not too sure what this entails but it’s still a cool title, right?

So yeah, this year should be… interesting.


When Kenny Came To Visit

For anyone who doesn’t know, The Keen One a.k.a Kenny is my twin sister, and she came down to my endz last week. A visit from my number one gal was exactly the pick-me-up I needed, and it was also great because people have been asking to meet her, with some even going as far as asking me to get her to make her Facebook profile less private, so that they can see more of her pictures… yeah. So quite a lot of people were looking forward to her coming down; we had so much fun!

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So I asked Ken to come to lectures with me. This was what happened…

WP_20150320_019… apparently the floor is really comfortable.