A Text Message From a Student Brings a Special Meaning for a Physician

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published.

I tried to find the holiday spirit but kept running into endless brick walls. Life kept saying “no” about money matters when I desperately needed to hear “yes.” Last year, I arrived in Ghana the day after Christmas and experienced my dream vacation that included a music festival called Afrocello. This year, I barely leave home except to shop briefly for food and essential goods, then quickly return. 

Afrocello Music Festival in Accra, Ghana

Then, I received a text. A student I met last year in New York City by happenstance informed me that she has just been accepted to medical school and thanked me for my help.

I remember that day well. I took a mental health getaway weekend to hook up with one of my squad and watched my jazz idol, Pat Methany work his magic at Sony Hall.  The next day, we took an adventurous bus ride and landed in front of the campus of our beloved alma mater, Columbia University. There, we met a young woman who had beautiful, ebony skin, giving directions to a fellow student in Greek. We were intrigued.  Where did this Black woman learn to speak Greek?

Sony Hall, NYC, wiaiting for Pat Methany to begin
Columbia University Alumni Office

She shared her international travel experiences and dreams of becoming a physician. I advised her that I was a physician and strongly encouraged her to apply to med school. We sporadically kept in touch for the rest of the year.

My late mother and I shared a beautiful holiday tradition of watching the classic movie; It’s a Wonderful Life, featuring James Stewart and Donna Reed.  The character, George Baily, wanted to end his life until he sees what life would look like without him, and it wasn’t pretty.

A simple text message showed me that small acts of kindness could yield unexpected blessings. At a moment when I felt defeated, the Universe revealed a victory. You CAN have a wonderful life once you remember your purpose.

    Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

    You might also like...


    Slim Flex: “Work till you need no introduction”

    by Karina Michel Feld

    “Comfort in the workplace boosts morale.” With Fotis Georgiadis & Lady May

    by Fotis Georgiadis

    The daughter of an undocumented Ghanaian immigrant’s emergence as a member of the Dutch House of Representatives

    by Jassir de Windt
    We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.