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Name: Danielle

Course: Medicine (3rd Year)

Journey in 3 words: Demanding, engaging, worthwhile

A level:Biology, chemistry, Maths, EPQ (on angiogenesis and cancer )

Description of course: Medicine is designed to prepare and guide students to become future doctors. The course is split into 2 phases: pre-clinical and clinical and lasts for a minimum of 5 years. We mainly learn anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, diagnostic reasoning and treatment but other life sciences such as pharmacology, psychology, population science and biochemistry are incorporated in what we learn.

What motivated me to pursue a career in science: I’ve always found science, its importance and application in our everyday lives very interesting. Science is also a very dynamic field and so there is always something new to learn.

What drives me to stay motivated:I honestly enjoy learning about how amazing our bodies are. I always remind myself of the saying “anything that is worthwhile isn’t easy” and the truth is that the reward for all the years of hard work will come when I start working and use everything I’ve learnt to make a difference in people’s lives. My parents are also a source of motivation because I want to make them proud and when I look at my life and my progress I always get motivated because I know God is in control.

Work-life balance and advice: You have to be super organised because medicine is probably the most time-consuming course and there are high expectations and requirements set by the university. You will also need to learn how to prioritise and plan correctly. However, make sure to pursue or continue hobbies and interests that aren’t related to medicine to remain sane. Keep good relationships because you can always use support and encouragement and if you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for it.


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