Peruzzi, a Nigerian artist and songwriter, recently shared the reasons behind his decision to drop out of medical school during his final year.
In an interview on the Zero Conditions Podcast, he opened up about the mental and emotional exhaustion he experienced while studying Medicine and Surgery in Ukraine.
Peruzzi disclosed that he had successfully completed the course, but his true passion lay in pursuing a career in music.
“I got tired for real, for real. I never felt like that in my life. I was done, like everything about me, in my head, I was done with medicine. And that was when I was about to start my final year so it was a lot. I had written my first MD already at the time. It wasn’t about how long I had left at the time, it was about me not wanting to do anything again. I didn’t want to do it anymore,” said Peruzzi.
He had been enrolled at Odesa National University in Ukraine until his fifth year when the immense pressure of Medical School became overwhelming, urging him to return to Nigeria.
Fortunately, Peruzzi was able to confide in his mother about his struggles and ambitions, who then imposed one condition for his return.
He continued; “I really got tired, my entire being was tired so I left on the first of January and I didn’t even have my passport, I had lost it. So I went to the embassy and they gave me a travel letter because I needed to leave that urgently. When I got back the only person I told was my mum. I was able to explain how bad I was feeling and she said I should make sure to come back with my school result and everything from the first year to show that I was in school so I did.”
He was not permitted to inform his father about his decision, and his mother withheld this information as well.
Consequently, murmurs began to circulate within his father’s church community, speculating that he had dropped out because he was back in Nigeria during a non-holiday period.