A dream deffered

Neba had the ability to put people at ease with her warm and welcoming aura, and laughter making her aspirations of being a nurse a perfect fit. My cousin was determined to improve her life through education so that she can help people’s basic health needs be met. I met her in 2011 in Mali and couldn’t wait to see her again. A year and a half later, I learned that Neba’s life was lost due to receiving the wrong diabetes prescription in her quest to complete her high school education to become a nurse. After taking the college entrance exam twice, the maximum number of times one can take it in one region, she sought to game the system by taking the exam in another region – she was determined. Neba did not want to consider other life alternatives outside of a formal education. Changing regions meant she had a supportive community behind her but also meant not having access to the insulin provider she normally went with, so her life was gambled with and taken when she went to a local unregulated pharmacy. I was angered when I learned that my cousin, at the ripe age of 20, about the same age I was, life was cut short. In the heat of that upset, is when I recalled a conversation with my college counselor where she shared that while you may not know what you want to study, whatever makes you bothered is a good cause to build your career on. It was then that I knew I had to be a part of the solution.

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