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Name: Adama

Course: Medical Physiology

A levels – Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Economics

Journey in 3 words – Eye-opening, fun and challenging

Briefly Describe your course? – Medical physiology as the name suggests is the study of the human physiology with an emphasis on disease. You mainly study the aetiology of diseases. My course overlaps with many other life sciences such as pharmacology, biochemistry, microbiology and genetics.

What motivated you to pursue a career in science? I was initailly motivated by the idea of becoming a Dr, as i gained more exposure to the different aspects of biology,my passion was fuelled by my never ending thirst for new knowlege and understanding different pathways involved in disease.I always loved biology, I liked learning how things worked in our bodies from early on. Till this day it blows mind how intricate the human body is.

What drives you to stay motivated? – Studying a science degree where you have approx 15 hours of uni per week can be very draining. I genuinely enjoy most of the content taught. When I find content hard, the fact that I enjoy it makes it that much easier to go over and complete. The times where I find content boring, I see it as a means to an end. I have to learn it to get where I want to be in the future.

Work-life balance – Plan and be very aware of all your deadlines, prioritise work over everything. Have something you are committed to outside of education and if you pace yourself well there is plenty of time to do everything you want.

Advise – Immerse yourself in your course and never be scared to ask questions. Planning is key if you want to make the most of your time in uni, your course does take up a lot of your time, but make sure you build your love for science outside the content they teach you. Attend conferences and talks whenever you can. Sometimes you may feel overwhelmed and that's okay, it is part of the journey. Finally, don’t let others success make you doubt yourself.


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