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    (Original post by raveen789)
    What do you guys have for leadership attributes? I don't really have much as I was not really captain of a sports team or anything. I was however elected as form representative/ form captain but I never really did much, it gave me a seat on the student council but all I basically had to do was take my forms views and opinions on certain matters and also any improvements/recommendations they had, then ask the student council. The main one was we only had one toaster in the school canteen and breakfast queues were huge, so my form asked me if we could buy a an additional one to tackle the problem, in the end our head of sixth form said NO.

    Im hoping by being a first aider in SJA will also help
    Lol I think the school councilmen will do. Many things come under leadership. For example doing a DE award (I never had the opp to do that) or something like mentoring or sports.

    In my PS I will put head girl which is basically the only leadership role I have ever taken lol


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    Lol I think the school councilmen will do. Many things come under leadership. For example doing a DE award (I never had the opp to do that) or something like mentoring or sports.

    In my PS I will put head girl which is basically the only leadership role I have ever taken lol


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    Still! I very ideal one :P
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    (Original post by raveen789)
    What do you guys have for leadership attributes? I don't really have much as I was not really captain of a sports team or anything. I was however elected as form representative/ form captain but I never really did much, it gave me a seat on the student council but all I basically had to do was take my forms views and opinions on certain matters and also any improvements/recommendations they had, then ask the student council. The main one was we only had one toaster in the school canteen and breakfast queues were huge, so my form asked me if we could buy a an additional one to tackle the problem, in the end our head of sixth form said NO.

    Im hoping by being a first aider in SJA will also help
    The only leadership role I can think of is being a leader and mentor at a youth club. I was a prefect too but I don't think I'll mention that.
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    (Original post by SusieShire)
    The only leadership role I can think of is being a leader and mentor at a youth club. I was a prefect too but I don't think I'll mention that.
    I'm just worried that my leadership role is a bit inadequate, I was elected into that position but I never really did much other than take my forms views/concerns and talk to sixth form council about it. We also did class discussions on charity and raising some class funds used to get equipment for a village in Africa but my school set that up I just helped collect money and discuss with my class what items we should buy based on what we raised! Other than that we just talked a lot in student council about problems in sixth form abs I also had to read a morning prayer every day for my class (we were a catholic school)!

    Kinda worried that if I get an interview they would be like well your not much of a leader then compared to you guys who were head girl/ mentors. I am starting SJA I have an interview today so hopefully there might be done leadership roles!
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    (Original post by raveen789)
    I'm just worried that my leadership role is a bit inadequate, I was elected into that position but I never really did much other than take my forms views/concerns and talk to sixth form council about it. We also did class discussions on charity and raising some class funds used to get equipment for a village in Africa but my school set that up I just helped collect money and discuss with my class what items we should buy based on what we raised! Other than that we just talked a lot in student council about problems in sixth form abs I also had to read a morning prayer every day for my class (we were a catholic school)!

    Kinda worried that if I get an interview they would be like well your not much of a leader then compared to you guys who were head girl/ mentors. I am starting SJA I have an interview today so hopefully there might be done leadership roles!
    If you were elected you must have given some kind of speech to your class about why you would be the best representative for them and persuaded them successfully? Being good at persuasion is a leadership quality. You were a part of meetings and made sure your form's voice was heard so you were a leader for your form in that you were their representative who ensured the concerns of your classmates were noted. Reading morning prayer shows you are apt at public speaking and that's a good quality in a leader. You can pretty much take any experience and find a way to relate it to a good quality in a doctor. I'm sure SJA will help too.
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    (Original post by SusieShire)
    If you were elected you must have given some kind of speech to your class about why you would be the best representative for them and persuaded them successfully? Being good at persuasion is a leadership quality. You were a part of meetings and made sure your form's voice was heard so you were a leader for your form in that you were their representative who ensured the concerns of your classmates were noted. Reading morning prayer shows you are apt at public speaking and that's a good quality in a leader. You can pretty much take any experience and find a way to relate it to a good quality in a doctor. I'm sure SJA will help too.
    Wow you made it sound so much better! I mean I did do those things but the way you wrote it seemed for epic yeah I had to do a speech on the spot, did not have time to prepare

    Thanks!
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    (Original post by Toppy)
    I'm happy to try to answer questions by the way!

    I'm going to Southampton in September after the gap year I'm taking this year.

    I had 4 rejections last year and also managed to **** up my A Levels by getting A*AB (these are the most irritating grades to get. Over-performing in one and losing out on the other don't cancel each other out apart from at Keele.) So I was a reapplicant AND a resitter. I resat my B in the January session and put it up to an A - meeting my conditional offer.

    So far during my gap year I've volunteered at a care home and I now work as a HCA at a local outpatients department.
    Hi Toppy

    My daughter got exactly the same grades as you ie A*AB and will be resitting the B next June (missed A by one mark). What was your experience with reapply and resitting? Which unis did you apply to and where did you get interviews and offers?
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    (Original post by SusieShire)
    If you were elected you must have given some kind of speech to your class about why you would be the best representative for them and persuaded them successfully? Being good at persuasion is a leadership quality. You were a part of meetings and made sure your form's voice was heard so you were a leader for your form in that you were their representative who ensured the concerns of your classmates were noted. Reading morning prayer shows you are apt at public speaking and that's a good quality in a leader. You can pretty much take any experience and find a way to relate it to a good quality in a doctor. I'm sure SJA will help too.
    Great advice, in reality there's many things you may have done but may not view it as significant when in actual fact they are! You just have to look at it abit more indepth.

    The best personal statements I have seen are the ones that reflect on their experiences well regardless of how good that extra-curricular sounds.
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    Hi Toppy

    My daughter got exactly the same grades as you ie A*AB and will be resitting the B next June (missed A by one mark). What was your experience with reapply and resitting? Which unis did you apply to and where did you get interviews and offers?
    Resitting was easier for me as I could do the exam in January! Reapplying was also easier as I think more places accepted resits. I applied to BSMS, UEA, Keele and Southampton. I got an interview at UEA and Keele. I got rejected after interview by UEA and I withdrew from Keele after getting my offer at Southampton. Southampton didn't interview (I think they do now?). Good luck to your daughter!
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    I've got my UKCAT exam in two weeks but I'm only starting revision tomorrow, is it enough time?

    I somehow feel like I've wasted too much time procrastinating...

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    I've got my UKCAT exam in two weeks but I'm only starting revision tomorrow, is it enough time?

    I somehow feel like I've wasted too much time procrastinating...

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    Its enough if you practise well. Just don't "do the five fun things to do in an exam" you described in your sig.
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    Its enough if you practise well. Just don't "do the five fun things to do in an exam" you described in your sig.
    Oh of course not. That has been my sig for at least 5 years now. I wasn't serious about school then lol

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    (Original post by SuziieB)
    I've got my UKCAT exam in two weeks but I'm only starting revision tomorrow, is it enough time?

    I somehow feel like I've wasted too much time procrastinating...

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    I should think so. I have mine on the 11th and only seriously started preparing for it yesterday. As long as you do at least 2-3 hours each day and work through all the resources I think that would be enough time.
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    Does anybody know what universities think about writing about caring for relatives in your personal statement? I'm pretty much a full time carer for my Mum at the moment as she's just gone through major surgery and I'm staying at home to look after her. I feel I've got a lot of useful medical experience through her unfortunate illness, for example at one point she was on an extremely high dosage of IV steroids for her condition (ulcerative colitis) and she returned home with steroid induced psychosis (which I actually diagnosed, kinda proud of that). She was having delusions, loss of reality and rapid mood swings which was quite shocking for me but I think I coped with it well and learnt a lot about mental illness in the process and how many nursing staff (and even some doctors) seemed to be insensitive when she was extremely frightened because of the psychosis. She's just had to have major emergency surgery to remove her bowel. She's really weak and has a massive stomach wound which reopened after the staples didn't work and so I'm pretty much caring for her all the time. I've got to see community aspects of the NHS through various district nurse and GP home visits which has increased my understanding of medicine in the community. I feel this has all been really useful in increasing my understanding of various issues so do you think it would be appropriate to mention it in my PS?
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    (Original post by SusieShire)
    Does anybody know what universities think about writing about caring for relatives in your personal statement? I'm pretty much a full time carer for my Mum at the moment as she's just gone through major surgery and I'm staying at home to look after her. I feel I've got a lot of useful medical experience through her unfortunate illness, for example at one point she was on an extremely high dosage of IV steroids for her condition (ulcerative colitis) and she returned home with steroid induced psychosis (which I actually diagnosed, kinda proud of that). She was having delusions, loss of reality and rapid mood swings which was quite shocking for me but I think I coped with it well and learnt a lot about mental illness in the process and how many nursing staff (and even some doctors) seemed to be insensitive when she was extremely frightened because of the psychosis. She's just had to have major emergency surgery to remove her bowel. She's really weak and has a massive stomach wound which reopened after the staples didn't work and so I'm pretty much caring for her all the time. I've got to see community aspects of the NHS through various district nurse and GP home visits which has increased my understanding of medicine in the community. I feel this has all been really useful in increasing my understanding of various issues so do you think it would be appropriate to mention it in my PS?
    I wrote about my mothers advanced cancer diagnosis and got three offers (and a near miss) and I've been told my PS is very good. I wrote about how it affected me emotionally, developing coping strategies to still perform well at school, and helping with physical caring during the worst months of chemo. I also talked about how her medical team helped the family, and used it to show how I understool how serious illness affects the whole family, not just the patient. I wouldn't hesitate to talk about it if I were you.

    Edited to add - that was for Bristol, Leeds, Birmingham and Edinburgh.
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    (Original post by HCubed)
    I wrote about my mothers advanced cancer diagnosis and got three offers (and a near miss) and I've been told my PS is very good. I wrote about how it affected me emotionally, developing coping strategies to still perform well at school, and helping with physical caring during the worst months of chemo. I also talked about how her medical team helped the family, and used it to show how I understool how serious illness affects the whole family, not just the patient. I wouldn't hesitate to talk about it if I were you.

    Edited to add - that was for Bristol, Leeds, Birmingham and Edinburgh.
    Thanks, that's great advice. My mum's psychosis episode was around my final A Level exams so I especially understand what you mean about coping strategies. Well done on your offers!
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    (Original post by SusieShire)
    Thanks, that's great advice. My mum's psychosis episode was around my final A Level exams so I especially understand what you mean about coping strategies. Well done on your offers!
    Thanks - good luck.
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    (Original post by SusieShire)
    Does anybody know what universities think about writing about caring for relatives in your personal statement? I'm pretty much a full time carer for my Mum at the moment as she's just gone through major surgery and I'm staying at home to look after her. I feel I've got a lot of useful medical experience through her unfortunate illness, for example at one point she was on an extremely high dosage of IV steroids for her condition (ulcerative colitis) and she returned home with steroid induced psychosis (which I actually diagnosed, kinda proud of that). She was having delusions, loss of reality and rapid mood swings which was quite shocking for me but I think I coped with it well and learnt a lot about mental illness in the process and how many nursing staff (and even some doctors) seemed to be insensitive when she was extremely frightened because of the psychosis. She's just had to have major emergency surgery to remove her bowel. She's really weak and has a massive stomach wound which reopened after the staples didn't work and so I'm pretty much caring for her all the time. I've got to see community aspects of the NHS through various district nurse and GP home visits which has increased my understanding of medicine in the community. I feel this has all been really useful in increasing my understanding of various issues so do you think it would be appropriate to mention it in my PS?
    I think it will be good because it is unique to you and has taught you many things. This will catch the attention of the admissions staff but I would like to say you should make sure you relate it back to medicine, how this might make you a good doctor, or the varying nature of medicine like you say it not only effects you but your family and friends. That way you are drawing on why you want to be a medic ect ect. This might be obvious though but im sure there are people that have said like my *insert close relative* got X and made me want to do medicine, which is not really telling much to the admissions team.

    This year I want to include something which I didn't last year. I suffer from eczyma which although is not life threatening but is hard to deal with especially during times of stress. I have found ways of coping with it but like I have to have special mattress, special pillows, if i sweat too much it irritates it, I struggle to shave at times. BUT what's important is that I have found ways of dealing with it on my own and with the help of doctors rather than just applying endless creams
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    (Original post by raveen789)
    I think it will be good because it is unique to you and has taught you many things. This will catch the attention of the admissions staff but I would like to say you should make sure you relate it back to medicine, how this might make you a good doctor, or the varying nature of medicine like you say it not only effects you but your family and friends. That way you are drawing on why you want to be a medic ect ect. This might be obvious though but im sure there are people that have said like my *insert close relative* got X and made me want to do medicine, which is not really telling much to the admissions team.

    This year I want to include something which I didn't last year. I suffer from eczyma which although is not life threatening but is hard to deal with especially during times of stress. I have found ways of coping with it but like I have to have special mattress, special pillows, if i sweat too much it irritates it, I struggle to shave at times. BUT what's important is that I have found ways of dealing with it on my own and with the help of doctors rather than just applying endless creams

    Yes, I think I will include it then. It has definitely taught me that a doctor should be sensitive to mental health issues, even if they have only arisen as a side effect of a drug and is not really what they are treating. My mum has also had some lovely doctors so I've definitely learnt what makes somebody a better doctor. Thanks
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    Applied to UCL, sheffield, durham and HYMS first time. Got interviews from UCL and HYMS and got rejected after interview. Got results in the summer and got ABB, in biology, chemistry and maths respectively. Resitting and reapplying this year to Lancaster, plymouth, east anglia and Exeter.

    Had an A* in an Urdu A level completed in one year at the end of yr 12. For some odd reason exeter and plymouth are saying they'll accept it as an A* if I resit chemistry and get an A.

    Soooo nervous about applying this year its unreal :/

    Any advice on what to do in gap year? Thanks
 
 
 
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