Over the Christmas holidays, I spent any free time on polishing up my work making sure there were no areas with missing content. As well as this, I focused on deducing and creating a revision plan which, within the last couple of weeks, has started to be introduced into my everyday life.
Instead of coming home and mistreating my spare time, I have made the effort to start heading to the library straight after school in the hope of solidifying my knowledge. At first I started coming for roughly 2 hours, however as mock exam season is coming up, I have bumped those numbers up to 4 hours per day – making sure that I still engage in my sporting activities such as golf or ice hockey and that I regularly meet up with friends to help protect my mental and physical well- being.
The most effective method of revision that I have found so far is to test yourself on alternating topics again, and again, and again. this not only makes your knowledge absolutely concrete but also allows you to get used to the A-level standard of questions, which a lot of people find challenging. Another helpful trick is to bring a friend along with you, even if you don’t share the same interests in terms of job field. This revision peer is purely another ladder to success because of how you are able to send each other information about certain topics or maybe even external work experience that they/you think might be relevant to you/them.
All in all, it is still early days in terms of examinations and examination preparation, however, I am trying to do everything in my power to give myself the needed headstart on my journey to medicine.
Sorry for the delay, however for the past few weeks I have been busy making calls and writing E-mails in order to try and bag myself some relevant work experience. I have applied for 3 so far – one of which I have secured a place for. The other 2 are unconfirmed as of yet, however, should be confirmed over the coming days/weeks.
The first experience placement I have secured is within a large local pharmacy, priding itself for being open every day for nearly 66 years. How did I get this placement I hear you cry? Whilst in the back of an ambulance due to a bad sporting injury – although this is a story for another time. Due to confidentiality agreements, I am unable to disclose every bit of information I have learned so far however I can openly discuss my role and the positions I have been filling.
My current role (and my favourite) is being the prescription machine operator. Upon first inspection, this role seems rather insignificant, however in reality, the machine allows everything to run as smoothly as promised in order to keep up the pharmacies outstanding record. The main pharmacist would place a request into the online database and the machine would pick out the desired product and dispense it ready for collection. The rest of my experience so far has been based on staff shadowing, giving me an insight as to what it is like to work within the pharmacy on a day to day basis. Due to the length of my placement, I have not been fully trained to be a working staff member so, for now, I have to stick with observing. Regardless of what I can and can’t do, I am still extremely grateful for the fact that I was given a place in what is a very popular field.
We received bucket-loads of information at the weekend, way too much to cram into one blog post, hence I will be splitting up the information into smaller, regular posts.
We were greeted in the one of the Nottingham lecture halls by one of the most efficacious people I have ever had the pleasure to meet , James Ridgeway. He managed to instantly grasp every attendees attention, allowing him to fill our minds with facts, tips and tricks. As an example, we were given information about exactly what interviewers are looking for in their applicants, giving me and my peers a crucial head start over other applicants. Another key fact that we were told was that the number of people applying for medicine has dropped 50% since last year, and that there are in fact only 2-3 people battling for one place at university. At first this may not seem like crucial information, however all my life I have been told that there will be at least 20 people applying for the same place at university. Therefore there couldn’t be a better time to be applying for medicine whether that would be myself, or anyone else thinking of applying.
Not only this, but he also took some time out of his busy life to have a one-to-one talk with me, answering the vast array of questions I had for him. He tied together any split ends in my knowledge about the application process and what to expect, as well as further tips about how to use social media to my advantage. For this, I can only thank him.
This is just a brief look at what James has done for me during the first day on the Medlink course, however I simply cant stress it enough, make an effort to reach out to this man because I can guarantee he will change your life for the better – as he did with mine.
As you have read by the title, this personal blog will be about me and my progress towards becoming a surgeon. However, we all know that I must become a doctor first, therefore I openly invite you to join me on my journey as I post weekly blogs about my endeavour into medicine.