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When you’re starting out as a student, choosing what to take to university can be a little stressful. After all, you can’t be entirely sure what you need until you get there.
Everyone will have a word of advice for you. Your Mum will probably have you take everything you might possibly need, ever. If you’re lucky, she’ll also buy most of it for you!
Your student friends or older siblings, being a year or two wiser than you, will offer suggestions based on their experience. University welcome packs come with their own guidance.
To help you choose what to pack and what to leave at home, we’ve put together this short guide to deciding what to take to university.
The best way to learn what it’s like to be a medical student or a junior doctor is to spend time with them. Even better would be to shadow them as they go about their days (and nights!)
Following a medic that closely really isn’t practical or even possible. But you can get close to it if the medic is also a blogger.
The best bloggers share a mixed bag of thoughts, experiences, achievements and challenges. Along with plenty of opinions!
We’ve put together a list of medical blogs that we think you’ll find interesting whether you are already a student or trying to decide whether medicine is the right course for you. All are personal blogs, written and published by a present or past medical student willing to share a portion of their life with the world.
Writing your personal statement is probably the hardest part of applying for a university place to study medicine.
But don’t let that put you off! Every year, thousands of students take up their places in medical school, which means their personal statements were good enough to help get them through the application process.
If they can do it, so can you.
We’ve put some tips together to help you craft a personal statement that scores highly with the admissions team.
Write the beginning at the end
Outstanding personal statements have a powerful opening. They capture motivation, passion and commitment in a single sentence.
Choosing an appropriate gift for a med student can be hard and should be based on thoughtfulness and consideration. Taking into account individual preferences is also important, as different students emphasize different aspects of life. Some tend toward the materialistic, others prefer intellectual or artistic presents, and still others prefer to collect experiences rather than objects. Ideally, a present should cater to the needs and tastes of the person receiving it rather than express those of the person offering it. Also don’t ignore their passion for medicine and future medical career. So take a look at these tips to finding a perfect gift for the med student in your life! Continue reading Picking the Perfect Gift for a Medical Student