Samwel Njenga

As a child my dream was to be dentist. My dream was to give each and everybody a smile. Many people fear smiling because of their dental formula, colored teeth or even lack of any teeth. So, I always promised myself I would make their dreams to smile come true.

When I completed my secondary school my mum had other plans. She wanted me to do animal heath which was not my thing. 

I didn’t get a chance to do that, but I got a chance to do nursing. Even though it was hard for me to accept it, I still believed I had a chance to be what I wanted.

Being a male nurse was kind of stressful for me especially the stereotypes I got from people: “males can’t be nurses, that’s the work of the ladies”, “you will spend your whole life changing diapers” as they would put it. 

That never killed my dreams, I made sure I came out the best nurse in our class to prove them wrong.

After school I was able to get a job even though it didn’t pay as well as I thought it would but treating and taking care of people fulfilled my ambitions.

Getting to see them smile after recovery and just saying a plain “thank you” always makes me fill glad I did what I did.

Through my four years in nursing, I learnt that making someone smile does not necessarily require a nice set of teeth or good dental formula but a kind heart, passionate soul, and endurance. 

I am lucky to have done some saving and now I can further my studies on oral health and become the dentist I always wanted to be. I know my dreams are valid and I am STOPPING AT NOTHING till I get to where I want to be.

My favorite quote is: “Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn” by Harriet Beecher Stowell. 

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