I am an A level student wishing to apply to Medical universities in around a years time…

It’s almost been half a year of sixth form and I’ve already seen the struggles and triumphs students experience. Being a student wanting to carry on higher education in Medicine makes the journey even harder with higher expectations. High grades, lots of work experience, confidence, UKCAT and BMAT…a whole load of work! However, I am determined to achieve the future of a Doctor. I aspire to succeed.

I have always been told persistence and commitment is key and this journey will require a handful of commitment (I say a handful, meaning an immense amount). This was stressed to me by parents, teachers, friends and most importantly everyone who took part in the Medlink 3 day Conference in December. Every single being involved in that, whether a student or a lecturer, markedly inspired me.  I really found the conference very beneficial, allowing me to gain deeper understanding of applying to Medical Courses and the responsibility of being a Doctor; making me strive for greater success. It also presented me with the vast number of students pursuing the future of Medics. I was amazed by how EVERYONE was interested in the same field, same subjects, same educational ability with similar high grades and all wanting that same ONE outcome…They were all aspiring Doctors. This emphasised to me how popular this career was, how competitive it is to achieve success and most importantly how much I want this. Everyone who was present is capable of succeeding, I ask myself ‘what would mean I would be successful out of all the people?’. I concluded that commitment, research and hard effort would be the most necessary actions. Commit to earning and deserving to study at Medical school, Research what is necessary and what is wanted, ‘what will make me unique?’ and put 100% in all I do, ensuring all I execute is to high standards. Also without all the inspiration, support and encouragement from family, friends and school/educational programmes- I do not think it is possible to succeed fully, therefore I am extremely appreciative of all the support I have received and am receiving in my school years.

A common question I receive is ‘What inspires you?’, in all honesty my usual reply is the simple ‘ The human body has always interested me and people older than me working in the field inspire me’. However, I have considered this question further and found that thinking of one sophisticated answer to convey all what inspires me was harder than I thought. Of course as students pursing to study medicine our first reason would be to help people more than anything and then that the anatomy of the body really interests us; but I want my answer to be unique, an answer which would entice people to finding out more. These two reasons are shown to be the most common answers from the ones collated by universities, so they’re not sufficient. I hope that by summer I have managed to combine and put to words the many reasons a career in medicine has become my biggest goal, necessity and greatest interest, as to ‘What was the reason/inspiration to choosing this?’- I want my response to be impressive and unique.

This is my first blog and I thought it was ideal to start off by showing what ‘inspiration’ means to this field and the way we study- even at school. We are the future doctors(hopefully) therefore, we need to ensure we are the best and inspiration and support play a big role in this. I hope that all these mini steps I’m taking lead to a successful career in Medicine and a future as a Doctor and I thank everyone who has inspired me and supported me so far.


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