As I mentioned in my first blog post, I am 17 and studying biology, chemistry, maths and history with the aspiration of being a doctor. However, that doesn’t really tell you much about me, and pretty much everyone applying for medicine takes three science subjects, or science and maths. So, why history? I argue that my interest in history links well into these subjects, not because of the course content, but because of the analytical and written skills you have to learn. My interest in history relates to medical history and injuries from war, alongside the history of psychology – leading into my EPQ. Alongside my A-levels, I am writing an EPQ about Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) its prevalence through history and its causes. This, despite the title, has strong links to the study of the brain and how our minds work and my love of biology.
In the future, I would like to become a doctor, and embrace the variety of roles available. While I have not yet given specialisms a huge amount of thought, I am interested in finding out more about paediatrics as I think working with children presents many more challenges, or A and E, as you never know what you might face.
Despite this, not all my interests are academic, in fact, far from it. I love sport, and have played hockey from the age of 4, captaining many teams along the way, and definitely improving my skills as a communicator and leader. In my spare time, I am a Sailing Instructor (DI) which I enjoy due to the challenges and responsibility I am given, by far my favourite part of this is teaching young disabled children to sail, and entirely rewarding experience. On top of this, I am also learning to drive – a somewhat daunting experience but a challenge I am enjoying. (note: I have since passed my tests and can confirm, that this is even more daunting)
So, I’m a pretty busy person among A-Levels, hobbies and volunteering at a local day centre for dementia patients, but personally, I wouldn’t have it any other way!