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Philley. Biomedical Science graduate. I'm on the graduate route medicine voyage. This is a ~lifestyle blog~ -in which I will drop in quotes unnecessarily.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

2014 G.E.M applicantion sent.

Scrubs are so comfy!

2000 B.C.—Here, eat this root.
1000 A.D.—That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer.
1850 A.D.—That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion.
1920 A.D.—That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.
1945 A.D.—That pill is ineffective. Here, take this penicillin.
1955 A.D.—Oops . . . bugs mutated. Here, take this tetracycline.
1960–1999—39 more “oops.” Here, take this more powerful antibiotic.
2000 A.D.—The bugs have won! Here, eat this root.
-WHO, anonymous

I intended to be more proactive with this blog, but that’s certainly gone awry. I think I worry that what I write isn’t up to a good standard, and doesn’t get across what I want to say accurately. Not because of other people reading it, but me re-reading it. I must be my biggest critic. I just end up rewriting it until it’s definitely lost all credible meaning.  (I guess I just want to write something profound, I think I read that in a book once, Orwell maybe?) Much like my personal statement. I sent it to someone and within the 24 hours it took them to reply, it had completely changed. I think it’d still be tweaking it now if the deadline hadn’t passed.  Oh yep I’ve applied for 2014 entry :)

I’ve strengthened my application no a lot over the summer-which baffles me more why I hadn’t posted anything. In fact, I volunteered at a respite centre and it was reading someone’s blog that convinced me to jump into it. I think I will (yes will!) write dedicated posts on it all, because I find it interesting reading other peoples experiences on volunteering/work experience, besides sorting it out and getting the most out of it can be very daunting. But the tl;dr version: I had amazing times at all of the experiences, and met some great people. My close friends from my hometown aren’t applying to medicine, so don’t really know the process and the angst involved, in fact they just ask ‘Philley, are you a doctor yet?’ every now and again, so it was really nice meeting people who understand what I’m going through, and can help with things like personal statements.  But the medicine factor aside, I didn’t expect to connect with the people there, since my new friend making skills aren’t great :P but I met some lovely people- I met up with one in a Uni I’ve applied to recently as it happens.  I learnt a lot about myself, and improved myself, spending 20 hours + with people will do that I guess! I think I’m a much better person for doing it all.

I’ve since started my role as the Communication’s Secretary for my university’s medical society (more exciting than it sounds… ;)). I was actually surprised at how many people aren’t interested in G.E.M. Maybe it’s a change in trend, or maybe people just don’t know the avenues available for them. I did a quick presentation (and I despise presentations!) and a few more seemed interested, which is good to hear. I actually don’t like it when people think they can’t do something. If you want it enough will you will change your former misgivings and make yourself the ideal candidate, or at least give it a try.  I don’t want anyone to feel like they can’t apply for medicine. In fact, I was miffed when a fellow committee member post-presentation mentioned that  the competition is too high to bother. Yes the competition is high (yep I’ve studied those TSR stats) but if it’s something you want to do you’ll make yourself a good candidate. Plus G.E.M is a widening access programme, ergo allowing more time to make yourself an outstanding candidate. Yes, these people and I may never make it to medicine, but we definitely won’t if we don’t apply. I heard someone say that so and so was ‘kidding themselves’ doing work experience and volunteering etc, and how it was a waste of time. Yes, they might not make it, but applying once a year doesn’t take much time up, and it doesn’t stop you persuing another path for the time being. I know numerous people who are doing masters, and are really enjoying it, but still apply for medicine each year as it’s their dream, and they’ll have no chance otherwise. Volunteering/work experience wise, I wouldn’t call this a waste of time if you didn’t get in. If you want to do medicine, helping people/gaining an insight is something you should be interested in regardless of if it’ll get you into it. I won’t resent my experiences if I don’t get in this year, far from it, they’ll still be some of the most insightful and character building times of my life. Yes, you have to be a realist and not twiddle your thumbs for a year in-between applications, get on with life and strengthen your application. But at the same time don’t give up because your friends don’t think you’re good enough, or you were rejected once. I just really don’t like dissuading people from doing their dream, I think it’s an awful thing to do.

But yeah, re: not getting on first time. If I think realistically I don’t think I’ll get in this cycle. Although I did my best work experience/volunteering wise, my UKCAT grade wasn’t amazing, it wasn’t bad, it was merely ‘alright’. In the end I didn’t sit the GAMSAT as I wanted to concentrate on volunteering/work experience this cycle, I really wish I had though, I could’ve made it work. But I still applied, it’s given me experience of applying and really geared up me up. Its got me into personal statement writing mode too, and who knows, by the next cycle I might be 100% happy with it! ;)I’ve looked into some routes for if I don’t get in: masters, travelling, HCA work. All I’ll be pretty happy with, so it the inevitable hopefully won’t be that much of a downer!

I’ve also since entered my final year of university. Things generally feel different this year. I’m more enthused about the university work side of it for once! Its a funny feeling, hard to elucidate really. But on the course side of things I’m really motivated, all the modules are looking interesting, and I recently had a meeting with the head lecturer who has informed me she thinks I have the capability for a first. It would be very nice to come out with that grade, but we shall see! :)

(Here’s hoping I keep my promise to myself and keep up with posting!)

-Philley :) 

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