The excitement I had on my face on A-level results day will never be forgotten as I knew all the hard work I have put in to pursue a career in medicine had finally paid off. I was going to Keele!
The idea to pursue a degree in medicine was not to be taken with a pinch of salt as I knew that it was a course with lifelong learning, implying I had to dedicate my life to it. Thus, I had to choose a university that was best suited for me.
Upon my university research list, Keele University was one of the few that stood out for their approach of teaching which integrated well with my style of learning. The university offered early clinical exposure, a spiral curriculum and the best of all, anatomy is taught with both prosection and dissection. On top of that, Keele University was ranked number 3 for medicine by the Guardian in 2020. I could not ask for more.
When I attended my interview, I was astonished by the way I was treated as they were the friendliest set of people I have ever seen at an interview. During this process, I questioned if the people here were generally all very down to earth. My speculations were proven right during my study here. It is really easy to talk to anyone around campus; especially on a night out. Also, we address our lectures on a first-name basis which enables us to build a very close reputation with them allowing us to ask them any questions without any sort of hesitation.
Unfortunately, covid prevented me from having the absolute experience as a first-year due to various lockdown restrictions. In the knowledge of the pandemic, the university understood that international students would have countless challenges to arrive on campus and wanted to make our transition as smooth as possible. So, they offered us a free taxi ride from the airport right to the doorstep of our accommodation, a space for our 14-day quarantine along with food and beverages, and to top it off, they deducted £ 1000 off our tuition fees.