When people do fall into extreme situations and face struggle, they have two options. Quit or keep going. However, everyone facing adversity deserves support and to know now that they are not alone ever.
One such person is fulfilling the need, the need to provide a voice to people battling with mental health issues. Zachery Dereniowski, a motivational speaker, is empowering and educating people for the same. The 27-year-old is a medical student pursuing Post-Graduate Doctor of Medicine Program at the University of Sydney in Australia.
Being an entrepreneur, he is well-versed with the experience of overcoming the harsh times. Failures are a part of everyone’s life, everyone has their share of struggles, but that doesn’t mean we don’t need to tackle them and rise above them. The purpose of his life is learning from his own experiences and using them for the betterment of other’s life. He got advice from his grandmother,” Zachery, people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
He has learnt and inspired from struggles. Struggles with scoring marks in college, the struggle of getting into a medical program. But life has to go on, so do we. Once when he scored less in the first year of his college and told by the Dean, “Zachery, you have a 0.59 GPA. Maybe college isn’t right for you.” This moment Zachery said, ultimately changed him. He stood up with open eyes and decided to complete his studies against all odds. He did his remaining studies and scored a 4.0 GPA in his last 9 semesters. Additionally, he prepared for the MCAT and scored over a 510 in his first attempt.
From then onwards, he created social media content with the sole purpose to reach and inspire people to live the life they deserve. People related to his content and he got an incredible response. He is now a motivational speaker using Instagram and TikTok to extend help to people with his content. He is one of TikTok’s top mental health advocates with over 400K followers in less than 6 weeks. He says, “I hope people recognize that they matter, that they are not alone and they are worthy of recovering from whatever they are going through.”
He got the opportunity to get interviewed by the Sydney Herald regarding his platform and also to work as the first and only MCAT Mentor at Examkrackers.
In 5 years times, he sees himself in his second year of residency in either Australia or North America studying either orthopaedics, paediatrics, or psychiatry. He also looks forward to continuing to help pre-medical students getting into medical school and raise mental health awareness.
When asked about his interests, he said he loves the outdoors, staying active, playing basketball, and considers himself a scary movie buff. He indulges himself in spontaneous road trips with New Zealand being a favourite destination.
“I hope to continue to remain transparent and empower others to use their voice to do the same. To speak up for support from family/loved ones and seek professional support when concerned. I am by no means a doctor yet, and my goal is not to diagnose anyone ever.
I hope people recognize that they matter, that they are not alone and they are worthy of recovering from whatever they are going through.”, he remarked.