In 2016 I was part of the in2science programme and was fortunate enough to be placed at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery where I spent a week with the neuroradiologists at the hospital.
Fast forward to 2019 and I am now studying Medicine and King’s College London!
Being at university isn’t just about learning information and sitting exams. It is a place where unique opportunities to work with inspirational people, to network and to grow arise and I encourage you all to embrace such opportunities that will come your way!
My last two years at Medical School have been incredible. Despite how rigorous and demanding Medicine is, I have had the chance to take on some amazing opportunities beyond the scope of my course. For the past year, I have worked as a Widening Participation and Outreach for Medicine ambassador at KCL. This role has given me the chance to interact, encourage and inspire students who aspire to get into Higher Education. This role has been so rewarding for me as many of the students I interact with are from Widening Participation backgrounds and statistically wouldn’t be amongst those who continue to study in Higher Education. Also, through this role, I have developed my public speaking and interpersonal skills which in turn help me with my degree. I also had the chance to work with the Student Success department at my university where I carried out my own research into the BME attainment gap at KCL and what about the student experiences of BME undergraduates that can potentially explain this gap. Through this, I had the chance to hold my own focus groups and then present my findings before an audience of stakeholders.
My university also gave students the opportunity to spend a week abroad to learn about the history of a specific city. Last year we went to Berlin, a beautiful city of reinvention. I learnt about the importance of personal agency and how that can aid my personal, professional and academic development. I also met some incredible people that I am still friends with now! In addition, I have been involved in several societies at KCL including the African Caribbean Medical Association as a publicity officer and King’s Gospel Society where last year I was secretary and next academic year I am vice-president! There has been so much that I have done at university within the two years that I have been here and there is still so much that I can be involved in!
My advice to anyone at univeristy or starting university in September is make the most out of your university experience! Make a conscience effort to grab opportunities that are present and don’t be afraid to go for it. Someone once told me “Pass through the university and do not let the university pass through you”. Whether it is joining a new society, applying for a job within your university or going to events. Just go for it!
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