My journey to medical school
Jordan Meddings received a New Horizons for Women Trust: Hine Kahukura Second-chance Education award sponsored by an anonymous donor in 2020. She shared with us the life-changing experiences that brought her to study medicine.
My name is Jordan Meddings and I am a 5th year medical student studying at the University of Otago, Christchurch Campus.
I am proud to be the product of a strong and selfless single mother, who sacrificed everything to make sure that my brother and I had enough. I am the sole caregiver to my little brother. We have no other family support here in NZ as my mother immigrated to NZ when she was 14 years-old to work and provide for our aiga/family back in Samoa.
I got accepted into medical school after completing Health Sciences First Year in 2016. The motivation behind my interest in health traces back specifically to when I went Samoa when I was 11 years old. The loss of a young boy in the village deeply impacted me, and even at that age I could understand the health disparities running in the background. The limited resources and poor health literacy struck me the most. My grandma volunteered at the local health facility that was run by nurses and although it wouldn’t be permitted in New Zealand, I asked to shadow the nurses and was allowed to observe what they did on a daily basis. I carried that with me throughout my schooling years and that consciousness translated into interest in the health of Pacific and Maori people in New Zealand and the disparities and poor health outcomes that they faced.
I would like to extend a gracious thank-you to the anonymous donor who believes in people like me! This act of kindness is not lost on me and I will reciprocate this gesture in the future to someone else who is deserving.