Should I take a medicine gap year or do neuroscience at UCL Watch
However I also find the field of neuroscience interesting but also don't know whether I want to specifically go into that field. However I know I can still do medicine after I have graduated and then join a graduate medicine program which is 4 years (and much more competitive to get into rather than if I joined the undergraduate medicine program)long instead of it being 5 years if I went straight to medicine.
I'm leaning to the neuroscience option and maybe deciding to do medicine when I'm older, as I feel I have great things to accomplish in the future but I'm not sure if that's in the field of medicine.
This is probably very common but I'm not sure what to do. Any advice?
Neuroscience at UCL is tough, and from comparing to my friends' degrees and also other people agree that neuroscience is tougher than any other life science. For me I battled back and forth constantly about not enjoying the course as much as I would like, and perhaps you are someone who can still work hard and achieve highly despite not enjoying something, but it does make it much harder to do well. Although other things contributed to my not-so-great experience with the department and UCL anyway.
Now having been through two application cycles for graduate entry medicine and still not gotten in, I would urge anyone who feels they want to go into medicine to think carefully about applying for undergrad again before resorting to graduate entry. However, there are advantages to choosing to go into medicine later on in life - for me, I could never be as sure of my decision at 18, as I am now, at 22.
From your post it sounds like you're not 100% sure on medicine OR neuroscience. If that is the case, I would urge you to think seriously about a gap year. It's scary but a year is not much in the grand scheme of life. If you were to go for graduate entry, or follow an entirely different path from neuroscience, it's highly likely you'll have to take a 'gap year' or two after uni. Get some more experience perhaps, find out what you enjoy. If I could go back in time to my past self and give some advice, it would be that it's totally fine to be unsure, but there is absolutely no rush to make a decision that might then cause conflicting feelings later on down the line.