In this edition of the Diaspora, we feature Ousman Njie, a native of Lamin Village in the West Coast Region who is aspiring to become a clinical pathologist in the United States of America.
Background: I was born and raised in Lamin Town, and attended Mandinary Primary School. I later went to St Peter’s Junior and Senior Secondary School where I graduated with the best results in both Grade 9 (GJSSS) and grade 12 (WASSCE) respectively.
United States: I traveled to the United States in June 2010 for further studies. I attend St George’s University of London while working with MRC [the Medical Research Council] before travelling to the US. In the US, I attended Tyler Junior College where I obtained an Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology and now am attending Weber State University where I am majoring in double-degree for Bachelors and subsequently Masters in Medical Laboratory Scientist.
Achievements: I have worked as a Lab Technician in The Gambia at MRC for five years and that has been the driving force behind my career choice and has learned a lot during my stint with MRC. Fortunately, upon graduation from College here in the States, I got hired by a local hospital to work in the lab again and that has been an amazing and rewarding experience for me so far.
The honors so far that I have had included: when I was in college; I was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, [PTK, an international honour society of two-year colleges and academic programmes, particularly community colleges and junior colleges]. It’s a prestigious nation-wide organisation that recognises students with high academic achievement in the form of Grade Point Average (GPA). Also, I am a certified member of American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
Hmm, I wouldn’t call myself an “influential person” simply I don’t think I have done anything special or attained that level of success yet. However, I try to be a role model to younger Gambians around here in guiding and advising them about their career choices especially if it has to do with medical related careers when needed.
Future: I am hoping to keep learning and eventually to become a clinical pathologist. Having worked with pathologists for some time now, I have been inspired by that profession and how it’s immensely contributing in recognising, detecting, and treating some anomalies of human physiology.
Gambia is my first home and I love my country infinitely so most definitely at some point, I would like to take my expertise back home and contribute my quota to socio-economic development.
Final Words: My word of advice is for young Gambians who would like to pursue higher education in the US. America is an amazing country with a lot of opportunities to learning and personal development. Hence, never lose focus on what brought you here; do not let your guard down! – keep pursuing higher education because you won’t regret here or when you return home.