Seriously, what is your problem? When I spoke to the admissions guy who was on of my 3 interviewers for Manchester, he mentioned that he was impressed with the way I related my experiences in Ghana to medicine, so I'm pretty sure that it did make a difference to my application this year
(Original post by OrmondDrone)
It's as well thought out as your post. You are in cloud cuckoo land if you think 'a couple of weeks' volunteering in Ghana made much or any difference to your application, or to the people of Ghana
As a reapplicant the biggest boost to your application would be that you had your A-level grades in hand. Depending on your year 12 performance, your predicted A2 results and reference may not have been as strong as the medical schools want.
For example, for year 13 applicants who didn't get AAA or AAB at AS level and are having to resit modules, the referees have two choices (a) don't mention module resits or the AS results and make A2 predictions that are unsupported by any evidence, or (b) mention resits and the AS results and try and put a positive spin on them when predicting A2 performance. For students in this situation, gap year applications are often far more successful than year 13 applications simply because their academic referee can confidently talk about actual grades.
I never claimed that it made more of a difference than actually having my grades this time around, so don't know where the hell you got that from mate. All I'm saying is that for gap year students work experience abroad is a really good option. I'm not suggesting that without it peoples applications will be considerably weaker, or that it should substitute getting work experience in the UK, but it definitely made a difference with my application this year. It does depend on what you do abroad as well, and how you write/ talk about it.
And whilst we may not have made a significant difference to the people of Ghana, we have started up a new charity, built a new school in the vicinity of lake volta, and we're continuing to raise money and start up new projects. So maybe not a significant difference, but at least we're trying.
Also, cloud cuckoo land? that's a very, erm, odd phrase to be using.
Like I said, it's a great option for gap year applicants. You've got 12 months of free time before you (hopefully) start medicine. Get some good work experience in the UK, long term charity/ voluntary is the best imo since it shows commitment to a cause, or a job in some sort of caring capacity, but why not get some work experience abroad? Make the most of your free time and improve your application, if only slightly?
Last edited by saab_101; 09-05-2010 at 13:34.
If at the end of the day you had fun, and learnt some valuable lessons, then thats all that anyone can ask from you.
Last edited by .Rapid.; 09-05-2010 at 18:20.