We are so very excited to spotlight one of our esteemed alums, Theophilus Boakye!
Theophilus graduated from St. John's in 2008 as part of our second Lower School graduating class. He is currently a first-year Medical Student at St. George’s University and plans to apply for Residency after he graduates. His dream is to become an Orthopedic Surgeon so that he can improve the lives of patients by helping them to regain mobility. We interviewed Theophilus on how his time at SJPDS gave him a strong educational foundation and fostered sound character.
While at St. John's, Theophilus was introduced to the scientific method which instilled an understanding of academic research and built a strong foundation for future projects. Theophilus remembers creating a hypothesis and an experiment on the relationship between the volume of vinegar and baking soda in a makeshift volcano. The project was followed by a Fair where he got to share his research and results. "St. John’s introducing me to the scientific method early was important because it was the first time I had to write what I was thinking, doing, and found coherently and concisely."
Research is important in the medical field as it helps physicians evolve their practice to improve the health of their patients and the communities they serve. Theophilus continues to build upon this lifelong skill: "After my second year of basic sciences, I plan on taking a year off to work with a specific researcher or physician in the field I’m interested in. I’ll be able to assist in their research and produce abstracts, publications, and even help present their research."
When asked what he missed the most about St. John's, Theophilus shared: "I miss having Chapel at the end of each day. It was always filled with good music and valuable life lessons like how to treat other people with kindness. In Chapel, I remember learning about the good Samaritan. The story has reminded me to always offer a helping hand simply because I can. Whenever I’m at a gas station, it's not uncommon for me to see someone sitting outside looking hungry. Almost every time, I offer to buy them whatever healthy option I can find within the gas station’s mart. It’s a small gesture, but an ideal I want to carry-on when I have more to offer. When I’m a physician, I want to one day treat a patient for free just because I can. I believe God gives us gifts in order to help others. The story of the Good Samaritan in Chapel reminded me of that."
When asked for his favorite memory from St. John's, Theophilus shared: "My favorite memory from St. John's was receiving a symbolic stone during graduation. Under the stone was one word that described the student. I was given the word ambitious. I still have my stone today and the word holds true!"
We are so proud of Theophilus and wish him continued success in his journey to becoming an Orthopedic Surgeon! Go Bears!