Graduation – 2020
The 6-year journey in Ukraine
"Difficulties in your life do not come to destroy you but to help you realize your hidden potential and power. Let difficulties know that you too are difficult."
vul Pacir Zainulabidin Abdul Kalam – Atomic Scientist and President of India
Is it hard to leave everything behind to pursue your dream? It surely isn’t. My name is Hussein Korkor, I came all the way from the land of the pharaohs (Egypt) to chase my dream of becoming a medical doctor. My first battle was to convince my parents to allow me to leave my own country, it wasn’t easy but they supported saying, “if that is what you want we won’t hold you down”. I came to Ukraine in 2014 when the war situation wasn’t stable. It was very hard to adapt in a county without knowing its language. And that was my first lesson Ukraine gave me. Learning the language of the place you live in, knowing it’s people and their culture. Then came my experience with KhNMU: when I first joined the medical university I had some hard time adapting to the system and its rules even reaching the point thinking about quitting medicine, but I had a thought of I came here all alone without family or friends to become a doctor and I wouldn’t quit then. I had a fear of failure and as Walt Disney said “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.". So I started to be more determined, study more and try my best to pursue my dream. It wasn’t easy and it wouldn’t be easy but I had my friends, my family, my beloved doctors, professors, my dean and the dean office staff. I would like to give my gratitude exactly to everyone. Through the years I’ve learned, I gained experience and made a lot of good friends whom I can call brothers and sisters. But it wasn’t easy it had its ups and downs but with time and maturity I’ve learned when something bad happen learn from it and don’t let the success fool you and keep on working.
Becoming a Doctor is not only about studying but also behaving as one and gaining clinical experience. From the moment I started visiting hospitals and clinics to train I’ve discovered that books only won’t make you a doctor but how you behave and interact with people makes you a good doctor. If you have the chance to work on yourself more and learn clinical skills don’t hesitate ask your doctors and professors, they will help.
Hard work and persistence don’t stop working being a medical student puts you in a position where time and effort matter. An hour of working on yourself, could be the difference between you being a good doctor or a really good doctor. Work on yourself study hard don’t let life teach you this lesson the hard way.
In the end I would like to tell all junior students study well have passion in what you do while you still have time. And to my dear friends, colleagues and my esteemed seniors, it was a pleasure knowing you all. You all should be proud of yourselves being where you are right now but know it’s not the end of the way it’s just the beginning, so wishing you all luck and successes. Focus, work hard and be successful.
Last but not the least to my beloved dean, teachers, and dean office staff, thank you for teaching and mentoring us through all these years. Know that your job is important and won’t be forgotten. Preparing future doctors for further service to the world and saving lives is very Nobel and honorable. Thank you all for being there with us when It was needed.
I’ve spent 6 years of my adult life on the Ukrainian soil learned its language, culture and merged with it. I consider Ukraine to be my second homeland. Thank you Ukraine for giving me the chance to pursue my dreams.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." (Aristotle)
Hussein Korkor, 7th faculty (Egypt)