Today is the last day of my Live Below The Line Challenge, and I’d like to thank everyone who has sponsored me to live on £1 a day for 5 days to raise money for Malaria No More. So far I’ve raised £90 through my Live Below The Line fundraising page and Just Giving fundraising page, but it’s not too late if you’d like to donate. Just £1 can save a child’s life from malaria which is preventable and treatable. Just click on the orange coloured links to my fundraising pages to donate quickly and easily.
The challenge has been quite hard as the food I’ve been eating is very dry and boring, without any taste, and I have missed being able to drink tea and snack when I want. However, it’s taught me how hard it is to eat healthily on a very small budget. I couldn’t afford fresh fruit or veg and have mostly been eating rice and pasta. It’s also given me some tips for cooking cheaply when I’m a medical student, which I’m really looking forward to. I hope I’ve inspired others to try this challenge too to raise awareness about people living in extreme poverty around the world.
The other day I firmed my first choice university and this Saturday I’ve been invited to attend an Open Day there to look round accommodation and the medical school. I’m really excited as I will be meeting other people who are likely to be studying there with me soon (if I get the grades!)
This is the time of year to start thinking about university Open Days which usually start in June and go on until September or October. Most universities have already started to take bookings for Open days in June, so it is worth going to their websites and registering now for particular sessions, so you don’t miss out. You not only get to look round the university, accommodation and campus, but you can go to talks about the admissions process which are really useful and give you the facts about which GCSEs and A levels are required, and cut-off points for the UKCAT and BMAT tests.
I found it really useful last year and looked around 5 or 6 universities, so it was easier to narrow down my choice to my top 4 when I filled in my application in September. Below are links to some of the Open Days. If you want to find out more, click on the name of the university to link to their Open Day page.
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