In my blood I always knew that I wanted to become a doctor so I applied to study to become one but things didn’t quite unfold in my favour. Towards the end of my grade 12 year, I had applied for a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBCHB) as my first option, out of six, on my applications office form. I then went ahead and researched other fields that could enable me to enrol for medicine after completion. Towards the end of January of 2009, I was informed that medical school had reached their maximum percentage for admissions of black students for that year…I. was. gutted!
But not all hope was lost because I had already been accepted for my second option which was Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biological Sciences, and I had also been awarded funding for it. I had other options but decided to start with my BSc with the hope that after six months I would then be able to apply again for medical school. I never dreamt of becoming a scientist…it was a means to an end…it was circumstantial. In my second year of BSc, I fell in love with it, especially since the gates for medical school weren’t opening.
It took me a while to accept my new journey especially because my heart was always set on medical school. Nevertheless, the journey was worthwhile. Along the way I met a lot of friends that had the same dreams and aspirations as myself, which made me realise that I was doing Biological Sciences for a reason. It was the hardest three and half years of my academic career, especially since I was doing something that I wasn’t really passionate about and for the fact that the University of KwaZulu-Natal was just a difficult institution. It took a lot of adjusting and self motivation to help me get through that degree.
I also met a good mentor, Taro Muwavhu, who helped me overcome a lot of my challenges. My friends were always supportive and we were literally each other’s pillars of strength. It was a fruitful journey, it wasn’t the easiest but I’ve gained a lot skills while on it.
After completing the BSc degree, I went to medical school to study medicine, and am now finally practicing what I love. It’s not easy, it’s quite a stressful job…someone else’s health is dependent on the decisions you make as a doctor. Studying medicine and being a doctor are two different things but I guess when you do what you love, you tend to overlook the “little” things. I’m still finding my way as a medical intern and my knowledge is growing…I’m really starting to appreciate the value I add to someone else’s life.
Sometimes situations don’t always turn out the way you have planned, that’s because it was your plan and not God’s. God puts you through different situations for a reason, you may not see it then but at the end everything works out for your own good. Never give up on what makes you happy, that’s your daily fuel. If you do fall, lift yourself up and keep fighting. It’s never over until your purpose is fulfilled.
I wanted to become a doctor because I loved helping people, sounds cliché but that was my drive. Growing up I also used to visit the hospital a lot since my dad worked at a hospital, and I would see doctors doing operations and would think to myself I want to be like them. So that’s how I really developed the love for it_ Dr. Zondi
Nondumiso Zondi is not only a medical doctor but a business minded woman with aspirations to own a medical centre and restaurant. She is a social bunny (loud, vibrant, and bubbly) and an independent woman who is a black woman empowerment enthusiast.