About Me

I'm a newly qualified Pharmacist who's going back to University this September to study Graduate Entry Medicine. I thought that I'd tell you guys a bit about myself and about how I came to be studying Medicine :)

After college (A Levels) I wasn't really sure what I wanted to study at University, but being interested in science and healthcare, my parents directed me into studying Pharmacy. I had vague thoughts about how Medicine would be a really interesting career, but I didn't really think it was a realistic option for me - I was the first person in my family to go to University which made just going to University at all an achievement! I didn't have much experience in the world, and despite having pretty good grades, didn't think that I'd have a chance of getting offered a place to study Medicine - the only examples of people I knew who were going to study Medicine where from a priviledged background, more often or not with a parent who was a doctor. I realise now that that's not really how things are, but at the time I didn't know any better.

I enjoyed University, and some aspects of Pharmacy (mostly the topics most closely allied with Medicine - therapeutics, physiology etc.), but I didn't enjoy a lot of the modules that I had to study and just didn't have the enthusiasm for Pharmacy which my peers seemed to have. A few years into Pharmacy I happened to hear about graduate entry medicine and started thinking about the vague possibility of going to study Medicine after completing my Pharmacy degree. I already had some healthcare related experience - Pharmacy experience, some volunteer work and I was working as a carer with disabled people in my holidays which I really enjoyed, so I decided to get some more Medicine specific experience and see if I did think it was the career for me. I got the experience and decided it really was what I wanted to do.

I went and did my pre-registration Pharmacy year (a highly supervised year working as a Pharmacist which you have to complete before you can fully be registered as a Pharmacist) at a large teaching hospital whilst also applying for Medicine. I was lucky enough to get offered 2 places, and come September I will be starting a 4 year Graduate Entry Medicine course! I'm pretty excited about this :). I'm now fully qualified as a Pharmacist which will hopefully allow me to get locum Pharmacist work at the weekends to help support myself whilst at uni.

I enjoy writing lists, so I thought I'd list a few other random things about myself:
  • I have an amazing boyfriend who's very supportive of me and the fact that I'm going back to uni, despite the fact that he'll be uprooting his life to follow me to university and will probably have to support me financially at various points during the course. <3
  • I'm addicted to trashy tv, it's my favourite way to unwind after a stressful day. I do also really enjoy reading though, so I'm not totally uncultured! My favourite tv show is Cougar Town (the title is very misleading), and my favourite book is Pride and Prejudice (I like it more for the language and subtle undercurrents of humour than the romance aspect of it)
  • I can juggle! (not very well)
  • I really like animals and have 3 cats back home who I really miss
  • I have a really bad procrastination habit. I've vowed to amend my ways for when I go back to uni and not to leave all my work till the last minute, but we'll see how well it works out!
  • My sister's a nurse - I'm in awe of her job and how amazingly hard nurses work. They definately deserve a higher level of pay than they currently receive.
  • I really don't like eyes and get freaked out by anything to do with them. I'm dreading opthamology at uni!

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