Deborah is a third year student studying BSc Global Health and Social Medicine at King’s College London.
In her first year, she was a Freshers’ Representative for the African Caribbean Society and she also started her role as a Subject Ambassador for the Global Health and Social Medicine Department at King’s, in which she was recently awarded Student Subject Ambassador of the Year 2017 – 2018 (Runner Up Subject). In her second year, she took on the roles of Vice President/Treasurer of the Global Health Society and Events Officer for the Gospel Society.
As she tailored her focus towards career development in her second and final year, she found her feet at a few NGO’s and charities including the Kopfadeyemi Fellowship where she has been working closely with the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in aim to strengthen Sierra Leone’s health system by improving training and clinical services. In addition, in August 2017, Deborah interned with the Health Section of the Economic, Social and Sustainable Development Directorate of the Commonwealth Secretariat and most recently worked as a Summary Writer for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association at the Houses of Parliament.
Over the past three years, she has taken the initiative and opportunity to start up, lead and coordinate the Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School Alumna Association which is a network of former students of the school who support the community vision of uniting the past to enhance the present. An offshoot of the Alumna Association is an event she runs every year called ‘Alumna Day’ where Alumna members have the opportunity to give back to the school community by sharing their expertise and experiences of their journeys post-secondary school and inspiring current Year 10 students on their career accomplishments.
Since 2015, through leading this initiative Deborah has been able to lead and work with a fantastic team of females to reach out to over 240 young female students and is currently in the works of organising another Alumna Day for 2018 (#AlumnaDay2018) which will hold in July for 128 female Year 10 students.
Advice I would give to my younger self:
1. God is always 10 steps ahead of you – trust him. [Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.]
2. Your differences and unique qualities makes you, you. Continue to let your personality shine through in whatever you do.
3. Let everything you set your hands to do, be at a constant level of excellence.