For all students about to enter Leicester medical school this September, CONGRATULATIONS! You have an extremely exciting road ahead of you. Here are some tips and things to look forward to in your first year.
– the LUSUMA society will really look after you and put on great events every night. Whether you love to party and drink, or would rather curl up on your own, I suggest going to as many events as possible. People will respect anyone who doesn’t drink so you can go to the drinking events as well as the non drinking events. I didn’t drink in my first year, but still went to the main events and had a great time. It’s about meeting people and making friends so you may as well throw yourself into everything.
-the PJPC (pyjama pub crawl) is a massive event -one of only times in the year that every medical student and sometimes doctors will be out in the town of Leicester -freshers in pyjamas and everyone else in crazy fancy dress! It’s an amazing night that always goes down in history so don’t miss it and have fun.
-be yourself! It’s obviously daunting coming to unever sits as you may not know no-one and may be worried about making friends. Just remember everyone is in the same boat! Don’t try and be someone you’re not -be yourself and you will eventually find friends who you click with. Introduce yourself to as many people as possible and then you will naturally find your true friends. Don’t worry if this takes a few weeks or even a few months. Hang in there!
THE YEAR AHEAD
- you may find that at school you were top of your class, but at med school everyone is super clever so don’t be intimidated or worried! It’s easy to feel as if everyone around you is smarter than you. Just be confident in yourself and do your best that’s all that matters!
- GET INVOLVED! First year is the best time to throw yourself into university life. It’s your first year so you may feel that you should be working all the time but it’s not true. You can definitely join at least one or two sports/dance/singing societies and a few medical societies that you are passionate about as well. I would advise going to all of the taster sessions they will hold at the beginning and then choose. I personally think it’s nice to join a university society as well as medic societies because it’s nice to make non-medic friends.
- GO OUT AND HAVE FUN! You have time to enjoy the Leicester nightlife as much as you want
- work hard of course. It can be hard at first to get into the swing of how to learn. I personally make notes. The best way is to annotate your lectures during the lecture, absorb information in group work, then use the workbooks they give you, lectures with your notes and group work to make your own notes. If you do that steadily it will make it a lot easier to revise for January exams in Christmas, and means you will have time to relax throughout the term.
- ASK FOR HELP if you need it. The university website has links to their welfare teams and the Leicester medical school has student support. This room is in the medical school and you will be told about it during intro week. The lady is lovely and can help you with any issues in medical school you are having. You will get medic parents too which you can ask questions too, as well as the LUSUMA committee. It’s scary coming to medical school so any questions you have ask away to anyone, including me 🙂
Have fun! Leicester medical school I think is unique in having so much support, and lots of friendly and amazing people who want to help you. The ethos is not a competitive one, but everyone is there to help everyone else, so embrace that and have the best 5 (or 6) years of your life!