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Obviously my number 1 goal is getting in anywhere, and I’m very thankful to have 4 options for that. But I can’t help feel a little bit sad that I wasn’t able to apply to any of the unis I particularly wanted to after my UCAT. Especially with all my friends not doing med just applying for all their dream unis at the moment. In fact, I wasn’t considering a single one of my current choices beforehand.

Like I say, I’d be very very happy to attend any one of them, just a bit of a shame I’ll have to move away from home now and such. Anyone else feel a bit like this?
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My daughter feels the same
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(Original post by themartinipolice)
Obviously my number 1 goal is getting in anywhere, and I’m very thankful to have 4 options for that. But I can’t help feel a little bit sad that I wasn’t able to apply to any of the unis I particularly wanted to after my UCAT. Especially with all my friends not doing med just applying for all their dream unis at the moment. In fact, I wasn’t considering a single one of my current choices beforehand.

Like I say, I’d be very very happy to attend any one of them, just a bit of a shame I’ll have to move away from home now and such. Anyone else feel a bit like this?
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My daughter feels the same
Good practice for when you are a junior doctor... you don't really get a say which hospitals you work in; and even the region only if you're good.
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Yh ik what you mean, I was rlly set on KCL but my UCAT is too low….tbh tho, every time I look at the uni websites I’ve applied to I feel a fresh wave of excitement….anywhere that’ll take my pls 😂
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Yh ik what you mean, I was rlly set on KCL but my UCAT is too low….tbh tho, every time I look at the uni websites I’ve applied to I feel a fresh wave of excitement….anywhere that’ll take my pls 😂
Absolutely, at the end of the day it's the medicine degree you want, not to be a Uni of X graduate! Otherwise you would just do any course.

:goodluck:
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Yeah I've given this some thought and I think it's a pity how the system has now become so gamified with personal preferences pretty much no longer a consideration. Certainly there has always been an element of applying strategically but nowadays it's just something else!

The fact that this resembles the early stages of postgraduate training does not necessarily mean we're doing the right thing, it just means being a junior doctor can be ****

I do strongly believe that wherever you go, you'll almost certainly end up having a good time though.
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...The fact that this resembles the early stages of postgraduate training does not necessarily mean we're doing the right thing, it just means being a junior doctor can be **** ....
Perhaps, but I have found that "enforced" moving a very enlightening experience!
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I know what you mean. I wanted to apply to Cambridge, Imperial (being my top choice) and UCL but couldn’t apply to any given that they didn’t even offer my degree (which I didn’t realise until a few months before university applications opened). So it was a choice of changing my degree or giving up the possibility of applying to those universities.
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Perhaps, but I have found that "enforced" moving a very enlightening experience!
I understand and share this experience to an extent but so much of medicine is already "do this, it's character building" - I'm not sure starting it at age 18 is ideal.
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(Original post by Mesopotamian.)
I know what you mean. I wanted to apply to Cambridge, Imperial (being my top choice) and UCL but couldn’t apply to any given that they didn’t even offer my degree (which I didn’t realise until a few months before university applications opened). So it was a choice of changing my degree or giving up the possibility of applying to those universities.
Common problem... not all "top" unis offer the course that you want!

Durham / LSE etc. don't do medicine / dentistry; Warwick / Swansea don't do undergrad medicine; Cambridge has no Biomed course (their closest is "Natural Sciences" I think); on the other hand we have specialist unis like SGUL being very healthcare / biological sciences orientated. Definitely a case for "doing more research"!

(Original post by Democracy)
I understand and share this experience to an extent but so much of medicine is already "do this, it's character building" - I'm not sure starting it at age 18 is ideal.
Perhaps another reason why compulsory graduate entry should be considered.
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Absolutely, at the end of the day it's the medicine degree you want, not to be a Uni of X graduate! Otherwise you would just do any course.

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Yes
Thanks for the good luck!
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Common problem... not all "top" unis offer the course that you want!

Durham / LSE etc. don't do medicine / dentistry;
Didn't Durham transfer their medical school to Newcastle?
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…on the other hand we have specialist unis like SGUL being very healthcare / biological sciences orientated.
Clearly not specialist enough…
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Yeah I've given this some thought and I think it's a pity how the system has now become so gamified with personal preferences pretty much no longer a consideration. Certainly there has always been an element of applying strategically but nowadays it's just something else!

The fact that this resembles the early stages of postgraduate training does not necessarily mean we're doing the right thing, it just means being a junior doctor can be ****

I do strongly believe that wherever you go, you'll almost certainly end up having a good time though.
Completely agree. It makes me sad that applicants don't really often get a chance to choose a university they actually like, let alone are passionate or enthusiastic about going to. And while postgrad applications are a bit of a lottery, at least you can express your preferences based on where you actually want to go, and not just where you think you might get a job.
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Completely agree. It makes me sad that applicants don't really often get a chance to choose a university they actually like, let alone are passionate or enthusiastic about going to. And while postgrad applications are a bit of a lottery, at least you can express your preferences based on where you actually want to go, and not just where you think you might get a job.
When you meet new people at uni and they ask why did you pick here they usually talk about the course/facilities/city/nightlife while I'm here because I only had 1 offer even after applying strategically.
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As someone who has been studying and working progressively further and further away from home (like lots of med students/doctors do), I can relate to this. It was difficult seeing lots of my non-medic friends staying in London after sixth form and going to some of the top universities which were really competitive, whereas I struggled for a long time to get to where I am now. Some of my friends went off to study Medicine outside London but some did get into London universities and stayed. NGL that was hard for me.

However, when you feel that you're going through a hard time and struggling with wherever you live, I find it's useful to look at people who have moved much further away from home and how they are coping with it. When people are dedicated to what they want to pursue, they will move anywhere the work is. In my first year of uni I met people who had moved to the UK from America, Hong Kong and Africa whereas I was only 4-5 hours away from home. Where I live now, I know people who have moved halfway around the world leaving young children behind, and so far away that it takes them 2-3 days to get home - so they can't go very often. Homesickness is common at uni wherever you come from, so I would suggest you talk to your colleagues who are from far away places and see if you can pick up some inspiring tips from them. So many people leave home and step outside their comfort zone to study Medicine but the good thing is that if you don't grow to like the place by the time you graduate, you can leave and never come back again if you don't want to. There are plenty of places I was glad to see the back of when I left and I will never return to. Medicine isn't one of those careers that's restricted to only one place - you can pretty much go wherever you like. Once you get through that initial adjustment period in a new place, you can focus completely on your studies and doing well in your exams so that you can make your FY applications more competitive.
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