Stop feeling sorry for youself.
There are millions of people who are working about 2 jobs to support themselves, plus doing the necessary voluntary work experience to get into medical school, and studying with every single bit of spare time they've got to take the GAMSAT just so they get into medical school and have no holidays then have to worry about funding themselves.
Last edited by cactus_farmer; 24-06-2012 at 23:56.
I understand, I did my share of voluntary work, I learned my first aid, sign language to boost my personal statement, worked my ass off for my grades and ukcat....and what for?
(Original post by tpxvs)
ok so iv always got good grades, plenty of vol work, e/cs, work exp blabla.. applied to med: got rejected 4 times over. reapplied the following year and now im waiting to start in sept. i have loads of friends on gap years too some of who intend to take more time out/not go to uni at all and all have such exciting plans! ..that are actually feasible and if they work at the jobs they have they will afford it for next summer etc.
I have other friends my age at uni having the time of their lives doing decent enough courses like primary teaching, maths, geography, sociology etc.. all of whom seem to be finding uni easier in terms of academics than school and a hell of a lot of fun. They too seem to have really exciting travel/fun plans for the near-not so near future.
Now, i really want to do medicine (hence why i applied twice!) but i cant help but a feel a little like.. am i making my life more difficult than i need to? I doubt ill be able to breeze through uni like my sibling and every friend from home. Plus it doesnt stop there, i really want to travel in the summers - nothing extravagant just backpacking different parts of the world for a couple months at a time but with med school you only get 2 proper summers? Then 3rd year onwards you get about 5 weeks off and work to be doing etc?
And it doesnt change after uni! Doctors get very very little time off :/ and there is obviously sooooo much studying to be doing, exams that need passing etc before you are actually earning a good salary and have paid off the student debts while everyone else will be in a much better position.
I know I sound really pessimistic right now and i know money isnt a reason to apply to med and all that, I know. I guess im just wondering if theres other people in a similar position to myself? Any motivational words? lol Im hoping I'll go to uni and be surrounded by likeminded people and we'll all be in the same boat then...... so it wont feel too bad?
Horrendous hours, 12 hour shifts, night and day, your job is to stop people dying, this has by definition a 0% success rate. Some patients will mistreat and resent you, your social life shrinks, your ability to do anything besides work and sleep is 0. You deal with death, you befriend patients who die the next day and it's sad, it's demoralising and it's terrifying that so much pressure is on you, people's life in your hands. Never mind being saddled with £45,000+ debt and the government eroding your pension.
But when my offer came through and I met my requirements I cried, I was ecstatic, I was silent, I was a mix of all three. I have an opportunity to prove myself, to join a well-respected profession that makes a difference to the world, I also have a strong chance of employment.
I know there are challenges ahead, but I look forward to them, a chance to make my family proud, a chance to make a mark on the world.
Last edited by That Bearded Man; 25-06-2012 at 04:15.
A couple of people above have touched on the benefits of medicine vs. another degree.
Take it from me, doing a degree that you're not compeltely into just because you have a "better" social life isn't all it's cracked up to be. I graduated in 2004 having done Computer Science and Maths. I've worked as a programmer ever since and have become increasingly depressed at work - it's soul-destroying working in a job you have no interest / motivation in. Yes, it pays well, but that's not enough to keep me interested. Money just isn't a motivator for me.
I took the decision to apply for grad medicine about this time last year after about 12 months of procrastination. I didn't apply for medicine when I was 17/18 as I perceived it to be "too much like hard work". But, you know what? The 5 years of hard work to become a doctor pales in significance now I know what it's like to work in what feels like a rut of a job. If you're heart's not in your career, you're not going to enjoy it.
Yes, medicine will be challenging. But a challenge definitely doesn't have to take up your whole life. If you're disciplined with your work, then you'll have spare time to socialise.
I'm moving to Newcastle and am going to keep up a long distance relationship between Newcastle and Birmingham. The only way I will be able to do this is to make sure I work hard during the week and have weekends off to travel and do what I please. graemematt has manged to do it on a 4 year course, I'm attempting to do it on a 4 year course so I'm sure you'll be able to find time to see friends and have a great time on a 5 year course.
As for the holidays in summer - 4/5 weeks is PLENTY of time to go travelling. If you're wanting to go backpacking for a few months, do it now before applying for uni.
Last edited by adsyrah; 25-06-2012 at 14:32.