- A local man has opened up about the struggles he went through in university
- He failed and had to repeat the year several times
- However, he has now graduated and is a qualified doctor
A doctor has taken to social media to open up about the obstacles he overcame to be where he is today. The 29-year-old experienced a lot of failures before emerging triumphant. He wants his story to inspire others to never give up on their dreams
Ricardo Gysman shared his story on Facebook. After matriculating, he was accepted into a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery course. He began his studies in 2009. He failed his first year and was excluded. He appealed and was readmitted.
"This was a major blow to my confidence, after an academic schooling career of only immense success. I returned, after readmission was allowed in 2010, and completed my first year."
In 2011, he fell ill and had to suspend his studies. returning the following year.
"In 2012 I returned to complete my studies and I failed 3 subjects. I was completely devastated."
He returned to school filled with fear, shame and doubt. In 2016 he failed fourth year and had to repeat.
He started his final year in 2018 but failed two sixth year rotations and had to repeat.
"In 2019, I repeated my final year and passed all my rotations, with 2 distinctions in 2 of my rotations."
The doctor said that his story is a lesson in never giving up.
"Don't give up. Get up, and get up again.... Get up every time."
Social media users were encouraged by his words. Facebook user Armin Jardine said:
"Congratulations, wishing all the success for your endeavours. Proud of you and obviously your family."
Brenda George said:
"Perseverance pays! Congrats for never giving up on your dream, Doctor! Well done... a good example for young people to follow!"
Edna Blignaut said:
"What a determined young man! Well-deserved achievement! God bless you for the vocation you're about to pursue! May He be your hands, eyes and ears in your vocation! Congrats proud parents of this young man."
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