Dr.Stanley Aruyaru is the Medical Director Kiirua Mission Hospital and an associate Editor at Annals of African Surgery
How would you describe yourself in simple terms?
A surgeon who finds pleasure in writing, speaking, and many other things.
How has your educational journey been so far?
It is the epitome of grace. It was through grace that I made it to high school. The Harambee from my villagers and the bursaries from the ministry of education enabled me to attain secondary education.
It has also been a discovery journey. I learned what my interests would be. In primary school, I wanted to do anything that would see me become a 'big person in society. In secondary school, I wanted to do medicine and become a doctor. In medical school, I fell in love with surgery. In my postgraduate, I developed an interest in digestive hepatobiliary surgery. On the academic front, I am in the field of global surgery. It is an insatiable journey where reaching the peak of the hill just reveals another peak ahead.
Education has also been a source of trust in me. Every exam passed, and every entry gained reaffirmed in me that my future is independent of the past, given my present education endeavors.
How was your experience in high school and what high school did you attend?
I attended St Cyprian High School in Meru county. It was the first time I came face to face with people who did not speak my language (vernacular). There were numerous disturbances in the academic program ( student unrest and teacher strikes). Passing my KCSE reaffirmed that working hard pays.
What kind of student were you throughout school?
I placed academics above other things. I still think I could have enjoyed playing volleyball more but I could not dare spend all those hours per week in practice. I needed to spend more time with books. I shied from extracurricular activities because of this fact. Though I did engage in those that did not need a lot of team practice. I got to provincial levels in public speaking and science congress and got a national trophy in the la