My name is Debo Odulana, I am a dreamer. Within my dreams, I am the master planner. This ability to influence scenarios is one I have mastered on my personal dream interface. My journey to Imperial College Business school had been pre-experienced over many episodes in dreamland. The downside however, was that I did not have enough information about the university buildings, faculty and students. Prior to induction week; I had a picture of the Business School entrance, sent to me by a former colleague, Dr Uju Rapu, during her summer programme here, I also knew what Dr Benita “Baggy” Cox, looked and sounded like, from my skype interview, and had met Monica Piercy and Amanda Payne-Danson at a recruitment fair. Consequently, all the scenes in my dreams occurred by the entrance of the business school building and involved the aforementioned people. Funny eh!?
I am a medical doctor from Nigeria with dreams to improve the healthcare system in Africa. For me, Imperial College Business School was the best option for further education, as I wanted a school that stood out for it’s intelligent approach and focus on innovation. After obtaining my first degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Sharjah, UAE in 2011, I relocated to Nigeria where I gained first hand exposure to the healthcare problems. In the process, I figured that I needed to leave the confines of the hospital walls if I was ever to going to make my desired impact. More so, I felt like I was stuck within a box and urgently needed to get out of the consulting room-ward-operating room routine. To this end, I applied for a place on MSc International Health Management at the Business School. I was determined to fulfil my desire for knowledge and I was very excited to receive an offer.
September went by so fast as I found myself wishing I had some more time to spend with my friends and family. I also had to figure out how to continue running operations for the Indie recording label I had co-started in Nigeria… decisions, decisions, decision. I arrived in London early on induction day and just managed to make it on time to the induction program. No one wants to be late on the first day, however I was quite fascinated by the beautiful scenery as I walked out of the South Kensington station towards the College and took extra time to absorb the vibe.
My first month has been amazing so far. From the spaghetti task to trying to create a tower out of straws, the experiences were mind boggling. I barely had time to dream, I was living my dream. While I would love to give details of every activity; the club fair, the Dean’s welcome speech, my chat with Baggy, drinks with my syndicate group, football trials and a lot more, I think you would need a subscription to access my lovely Imperial College Business school experience. One thing I would tell you for free, is that studying at imperial is as challenging as I expected and I am surrounded by an amazing group of gifted individuals from diverse cultural and career backgrounds, from whom I’m determined to learn.
Debo is studying our MSc International Health Management programme.