Recently, from 17th to 19th of December 2017 I attended a course/conference called Medlink which was held in the University of Nottingham. This residential conference was held for aspiring medics including myself. I found this event to be highly beneficial as I found it to increase my knowledge due to it providing crucial information and is an event I would highly recommend. The course covered various different aspects such as preparation for admission tests, chemistry classes, and personal statement writing alongside general knowledge regarding the medical field of work.
This course allowed me to be confident in my choice of wanting to become a doctor as it confirmed this was the field of work I was interested in. Although I went with some great friends, at the end of it I realised I had made so many more. The experience of being able to talk and relate to individuals my age who had similar interests in me, encouraged me to stay confident and work hard to achieve my goals.
I found the speakers of the course to be extremely inspiring, beneficial, and informative. All of them had great enthusiasm, energy, and humour which allowed me and fellow attenders to stay interacted throughout the long lectures. My favourite speaker had to be James Ridgeway. This is due to him providing an extremely inspiring and insightful useful lecture that caused me to be proactive and do things such as create a blog to share my experiences online with other fellow students/ inspiring medics.
Although I do a lot of traveling, this was one of the first real experiences where I had gone away from home without my family. Spending time in the university residence halls allowed me to understand what my future may be like and provided an insight into university life. Furthermore, doing so allowed me to understand and recognise the fun side of university alongside the more academic aspects.
Near the end of the conference on the last day, I was able to interact with many representatives from various universities which I found to be incredibly beneficial as it allowed me to gain knowledge and answers to various questions I had such as entry requirements.
In conclusion, this experience allowed me to gain knowledge, become wiser, more inspired, and encouraged than I was previously.