Fidelia’s Story

Hi everyone, I decide to have a guest blogger today. If you have been following my blog her name is Fidelia and she is my early monring lead. And below is her story.

Well, it’s a beautiful day outside…starting to drizzle and actually had to come in to work today at 6am! That’s my general routine since I got on the Coca-Cola team for the summer.
My name’s Fidelia, and I’m from Cameroon. I just got my medical degree in Internal Medicine and Surgery July of this year in The Peking University Health Science Center after a 6 year study period.
Several questions may have arisen at this point:
1. Why would Fidelia choose to study in China?
2. Why would Fidelia choose to study Medicine in China?
3. Why would a Medical doctor be working for Coca cola in the summer? etc

Okay, I’ll try to answer those questions as best as I can.
We all have dreams and by the time a kid’s six they believe that they have a fine idea of what they want to become in the future. My fine idea has always been to become an Obstetrician/Gynecologist. The dream stemmed from the love of babies, I started to think ‘how wonderful it must be to be the first to welcome a baby into the world?’. Secondly I thought babies were the best listeners in the whole wide world…well until you realize they do not have a clue of what you’re talking aboutJ

Dream became desire, which bred determination and I finally obtained a full Chinese government scholarship to study in the best medical school in China. Believe me; China didn’t seem like the best place to go the first time so far away from home and for six years! Then the thought of freedom, adventure and exciting possibilities got the better of me. I was 18 at the time and after hugging my sweet family goodbye I boarded the plane to C-H-I-N-A.
Words escape my mind when I seek to describe the cultural shock and homesickness that engulfed me when I got here. I remember the days I almost packed my bags after asking myself for the umpteenth time, ’What, Fidelia, are you doing here?’

I believe three things got me through those years: FAITH, FAMILY and FRIENDS.
Through the Beijing International Christian Fellowship I began to enjoy a beautiful relationship with God. My time here would have been so empty without it.
I’ve developed stronger ties with family…I guess distance makes you realize how precious family is. They believed in me when I believed the least in myself.

Friends, ah friends. I’ve met them from every continent and shared laughs, tears, and yes, screams, with them. From the Church community, to the Cameroonian community and the school community I’d like to believe that I’ve built some very precious friendships in China.
I met four other ladies in Beijing with whom we braced the storms of Medical school together; Amy (USA, Wisconsin), Joan (Kenya, Nairobi), Jindallae (Palestine), Erin (Bahamas, Nassau), each lady from a different continent and we had a great time in medical school lifting each other up. Erin’s moved to Singapore and Joan back to Kenya, but the plan’s to meet up 4years from now in Tonga Islands!:)
On Saturday, August 2nd,2008 I married my fiancé of 31months and a day, Sekedi(Cameroon, as well).We are enjoying the 2nd week of marriage and look forward to many many more. For this summer we decided to be really involved in the Olympics and are so excited to have gotten jobs with Coca-Cola. I’m in the Food and Beverage team so that’s where dynamic Claire comes in as my boss.

So, the CHINA that had me nervous at first has become my home. Home sweet home.

This is Fidelia’s story for now and she is sticking to it.

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