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University of Rwanda

Career Medicine

General Medicine

CAREER: Doctor

GRAD DATE: Aug 2021


    • September 13, 2021 – Allison shared her favorite song and what it means to her: “The song I enjoy a lot is called “ça pleure aussi un homme” by Ginette Reno: I really enjoy and like this song because it reminds us that men do have emotions, even though they are not showing them — that men also cry! So, it teaches me that we have to be cautious of each other’s emotions in every situation.”
    • July 16, 2021 – Allison shared what resilience means to her: “Resilience means, for me, the ability to come out of difficult times, the ability to fall and stand up stronger, the ability to not give up in tough times, and also to be flexible, to adapt in every situation.”
    • March 1, 2021 – Allison said her biggest lessons from 2020 were: “My biggest lesson was patience and flexibility. As nothing was promised, everything was changing daily, life almost stopped or was put on pause, I learned to take things as they come and appreciate them. The other lesson is to always try to find the good side in any situation. For example, as schools were closed I got the chance to stay with my family, to rebound with them, and had memorable times.”
    • December 1, 2020 – I am studying General Medicine at the University of Rwanda. My dream is to become a gynecologist!
    • July 1, 2020 – We asked our students what makes them proud of their culture, and Allison said: “The thing I like the most about my culture (Burundian culture) is the spirit of helping one another, making yourself available for your loved ones, especially in moments of trouble (like mourning) or happiness (like for marriages) and financially helping them even if you don’t have that much yourself. I see and experience that in my daily life, when a friend of mine is always checking on me, or how my father is always telling me that it is important to support the family and friends as much as possible.”
    • March 30, 2020 – Allison speaks Kirundi, Kinyarwanda, French, and English.
    • March 30, 2020 – Allison said her favorite drink is water.
    • September 1, 2019 – This summer Allison continued her clerkship, which is a junior internship in the hospital. She was excited to have a chance to practice and apply what she is learning in the classroom!
    • May 18, 2019 – I have learned many things this semester. In my classes, I learned the basics about each system in our organism, the diseases and how to treat them. I really enjoyed this semester because now I’m studying real medicine it’s not just theories but it’s more practical. I look forward to practicing in June during my internship. The monthly training is always a source of knowledge and a new perception of life. They are very consistent and taught me to be more effective in society, in my relationships and in my future career. I, now and confidently, can say that I can be a good leader. Not a leader with servants but the one who serves without waiting for anything in return.
    • February 9, 2019 – When asked to define servant leadership, how that applies to her life now, and her future career, Allison said: “Servant leadership, for me, is that kind of people-centered leadership. Everything you do is for others not yourself. You are just a servant and lead others by being an example to them. I see myself being more effective in my career using this kind of leadership, by always being attentive to others’ needs and being able to show them the best way. Simply, I would apply it by volunteering, putting my knowledge towards the service of my neighbors without expecting any gain.”
    • November 19, 2018 – Allison wants to be known as a caring person, always there for others! Allison hopes to be successful this semester and to learn new things in the monthly trainings!

Allison’S CIRCLE

  • Z. & D. Sheely – Sacramento, CA


Allison grew up in a Burundian community marked with danger and insecurity where she saw the importance of trusting in God and solidarity with neighbors. She learned responsibility early with the passing of her mother, and, as the eldest child, helps to care for her three siblings and organize the home.   In the midst of her country’s instability, Allison has had dreams of completing university and becoming a doctor. She wants to put her knowledge to use serving others, especially women who often are the most affected by unrest  When Allison isn’t studying, she loves giving back to her community through an association which aims to improve girls educations and lives.