That’s right, it’s another corker of a title. Anyway, as a once starry-eyed medic, most of my friends in first year were also on my course, so naturally I’ve spent most of my time in Leicester living with medical students. So I thought I should share my wisdom and findings with the world as I’ve had a pretty unique view of both sides.
1 – Exams
Pro: If you plan on having library sessions with your medic friends, you’ll have most of your work done in no time.
Con: Medics and exams go hand in hand. So the night before a big exam, it might be best to stay out of their way because they don’t make ideal housemates. Try heading to a friend’s house or finally take that big trip you’ve always been talking about.
P.S. if they ask to practise physical exams on you, just prepare yourself.
2 – Placements
Pro: While everyone you know is away, you pretty much have the house to yourself. So grab the chance to join some societies and meet some new people, and why not throw a few house parties too.
Con: Lonely. So lonely. Before you make these new, mysterious friends, you’ll be spending a lot of time on your own. So you won’t have any excuses to get some work done, and you’ll really get into your hobbies like watching Netflix…or paint dry.
3 – Socialising
Pro: When exams are over, there isn’t a group of people I’d rather go out with.
Con: I’ve found a skeleton model in my bed a number of times.
4 – Medic Parties
Pro: See socialising.
Con: Medics, like the wild packs of wildebeest roaming across the Serengeti, tend to move in herds. So you’ll have to wait an hour or so for the conversation to move away from Medicine.
But in all seriousness, I’ve made some of my best friends here at Leicester, from a wide range of different courses, and I wouldn’t change anything from my time here. So relish your experiences at University because it will soon all be over, and you’ll come to miss those times you were simply complaining about your housemates.