I always wished to be a psychiatrist, but people in my surrounding cautioned me against it. They said it wouldn’t help me make much money. Their advice made me second guess my decision because I needed to make enough money to support my family.
Watching Hana’s story made me realise I should prioritise my inherent desire. It also taught me that if I work hard and achieve excellence in whatever field I’m engaged in, I can become successful and earn a sufficient income.
I wish to be a psychiatrist so that I can help youth in Ethiopia who struggle with addiction. I have some friends that are addicted to alcohol, drugs and other substances. Their situation saddens me because I know their addiction takes away from their productivity at school and work in the future. They waste their potential and are unable to contribute to the development of the country.
I also want to help young girls under the age of 18 because they are living through what is known as the ‘fire age’, which drives girls to make impulsive decisions. This is a critical age for girls, and I want to help them gain awareness and be equipped to make the right choices. I understand their struggle and their needs better since I’m experiencing similar circumstances as one of them.