Just got your results? Found out you’re coming to Leicester to study Medicine? If so, congratulations! You certainly deserve a pat on the back for successfully navigating your way through the vagaries of the UCAS medicine application and getting the right results (no mean feat, especially considering that frus-titrat-ing Chemistry!).
While medical school is no walk in the park, I definitely found those two years of sixth-form juggling exams, work experience, voluntary work, coursework, interviews (to name but a few) the hardest part of my medical career so far.
So to start you all off, I thought I’d give you a handy few tips to mull over before you begin your new life as a Leicester medic…
1) Don’t worry! And of course, don’t stress. University is going to be great fun, with plenty of learning new things and meeting all the different kinds of people out there. For all you eager beavers – there’s no need to learn all the bones of the foot or (heaven forbid!) buy every textbook on the reading list. Keep it chill for the next month, celebrate your hard-work and save the revision and heavy purchases until you hit medical school for reals.
2) Get ready for those freshers packs.. The Leicester University Medics Association (or LUSUMA, to give it its much loved title) sends out a freshers pack in the post to all of you confirmed applicants sometime late August/Early September. In this little bundle of joy you’ll find guides to all of the medical schools societies and associations, and you’ll have plenty of time to decide what you want to get involved in – whether it be raising money while learning about Global Health with Friends of Medecins Sans Frontiers (Shameless push), or getting competitive with one of the many medic sports teams, there really is something for everyone. For a complete list of University wide societies, head on over to the Student Union site, where there’s a handy list for you to peruse at your pleasure here.
3) Find your future friends. Got your halls sorted? Be sure to check out the Facebook page for them and find your new neighbours! Whether you’re living in the hallowed halls of John Foster or the social enclave of Mary Gee (fun fact: the place where my own parents met and to which I owe my existence), you’ll be living with a group of students just as excited to be going to Leicester as you are, and the long month of August and September are perfect times to start to get to know one another. No worries if you don’t like – It worked out fine for me!
4) If you’re self-catered, now is the time to start watching bake-off. And probably investing in some cook-books. Self-catered accomodation is a great way to learn a key skill early, and there’s also no better way to make friends than putting a bun in the oven. If you’re going to be living in catered accommodation, no worries – You’ll be getting fried breakfasts provided daily (something I’m missing now I’m living in the city!).
5) Buy some super-cool PJs. Fresher’s week is immense, and the icing on the cake is the annual Medics PJ pub crawl – You freshers will be bedecked in pyjamas, while the oldies get to be a little bit more creative.
Finally, just really well done for getting in – it’s a feat to be proud of. If you’re reading this and you just missed the grades, I’ll be doing a post soon about alternative entry routes into medicine – There’s always a way! If you have any questions about starting at Leicester Medical School, or just Leicester in general, please feel free to drop a comment and I’ll get back to you sharpish.
I’m currently living it up in San Francisco, enjoying the sun and sights. Off to appreciate the wonderful golden gate bridge in a few hours, and then heading for the lovely sounding death valley. Like I said, August really is the time to relax!