Saturday, 24 September 2011

'Do whatever it takes to get to where you need to go', said Spanelsh twitter girl

Song of the day: Mi Lamento - Dani Martin

Summer is now over, even though the good weather continues which is nice. The end of September also means that everyone leaves to uni or starts schools... so most of my friends have gone to uni and I feel myself a bit lonely at times, especially when I get stressed about this whole 'messing up my exams, not getting to uni and having to resit and reapply' thing. 

At times I find myself very down because of all these things and I really need to talk to people. As my friends are very busy, and very far away, with freshers I don't really want to start worrying them just because at times I don't know what I am going to do if this time round it does not go well. Thankfully though, I have received a lot of support and constructive criticism from twitter.  My main support most of the time comes from Spanelsh  twitter girl, who is actually very good at motivating you. So I want to use this to thanks her :D 

Well, enough about others and more about me! I have just noticed that I didn't update in a long time and a lot have been happening recently. 

Exams wise, I asked for a remark which came back as the same. I paid for my resits in January, I will be resitting two chemistry and two physics exams and I also got my scripts back so that I can go over my mistakes. 

I have also (finally) decided where I want to apply. I will be applying to: Liverpool, Lancaster, Peninsula and Southampton. I really like all of them so it's not like I actually have a top choice or anything. I was a bit surprised by how nice they are as I had not even look into them when I applied last year as I knew where  I wanted to apply from the beginning last year so there was no need of research or anything. Liverpool has a really good course and from what I have been reading online it is a really nice city. The thing I really like about Lancaster is how it is such a small community, very similar to St Andrews in that aspect (where I applied last year), and I think I would really enjoy living in a place where you know everyone. Peninsula has all the things I want and the only thing I dislike is the fact that you cannot choose the location where you start the course, but I like surprises so its okay! Southampton is my only non-PBL choice, which is good as I have no experience with anything similar to PBL and I tend to be a bit scared of the unknown at times. It's location is also really nice, near London where lots of my friends are now.

Personal statement was supposed to be finished but then I kept reading it and some parts didn't feel like me, so I have now decided to go back and get changing many things so I am working on it at the moment. In  less than  a week I have the UKCAT, scary!, I need a good score for Peninsula and I have been practising lately but not as much as I should have to be honest so this weekend I will be staying in with my 600Q book. 

My job hunting with NHS Job has not been very successful so far but it's okay because I am very busy lately with the Red Cross where I am organising sex education talks for teenagers so I have to go to many meetings in the next few weeks with schools and other centres to arrange the dates and inform about the topic we will discuss.

Well , I think that is all for now. I should get my UKCAT book out and start working. 

Thanks for reading,

PS: Wish me good luck with UKCAT !

Thursday, 15 September 2011


Song of the day: Junk of the Heart (Happy) - The Kooks

Lately I have been busy with leaving parties as all my class mates feel the need to celebrate the fact that they are leaving to university! I'm very happy for them and also for myself, a bit, because I hope that once they are done I can actually revise and do all the things I have to get to medical school next year! 

Today I have been very stressed because I was volunteering with the Red Cross the whole morning and when I got home and I saw UEA's resit policy, which I am not very happy about. My school has said that they do not predict A* grades, but then UEA want me to have a predicted A* according to their website. I have been calling them to see if there is something that we could do, but nobody picked up the phone. 

In less than a month I would be going to the University of Manchester Open Day, I still didn't receive my tickets for the Medicine talk and for now I doubt I will apply there. I guess it will depends on the Open Day as well. 

My personal statement is more or less done. It has been reviewed by a few people and they all say its good so I don't know what to do  with it... for now I will leave it like that because  I have the UKCAT to worry about first. If I have to be honest, I have not started to prepare for it which is very very bad ! 

Oh and also... I have been appointed as head of the local Youth Red Cross which is exciting and now I have to plan educational campaigns for the school year which will concentrate on health and social issues. I think it will be an amazing experience! The first event I will organise will be for AIDS day in December and from now I have to get the organisation going and find new volunteers as most of them have left because there was never taking care of it. I have other things in mind like a platform of support for teenagers who do not have the necessary support to continue with their education, for example, because I think it will be very interesting to work with teenagers who have the potential to get somewhere but just do  not have the right resources. 

My HCA job hunting is going okay. So far I have received 3 rejections and I have completed a Numeracy and Literacy test and I am waiting (impatiently) for the outcome. I really hope I can find a post to start next year after the January exams. 

Next week I have to go to my old school to talk about my UCAS applications so I have to have it all sorted by then.

I think that's about all... not much happening recently just stress and more stress

Hope you are all doing fine!


Sunday, 4 September 2011

19 Days Left of Summer

Song of the day: Different - LidoLido

My exams are done and I have finally catch up with all my lost sleep! All my friends are getting ready to leave to their university halls in about two weeks while I just think about what I can do to entertain myself. 

My gap year is 'officially' starting on Monday. Tomorrow, I will start to revise for the UKCAT which I have the 30th September and I plan to go to the beach and get my tan back because so much work indoor has made me look very pale. 

Tomorrow I am also going to talk to my Red Cross centre about the volunteer work to see if I can have something permanent in the evenings. My parents are going to help me arrange some work experience so I have to start contacting to people and also I have applied to some HCAs jobs all around England and I am waiting for them to contact me. 

On a non-medicine related note, I have applied for a job at my local Hollister (but I didn't include a picture because I don't have a recent one) and I am waiting for an interview as apparently they interview most people that apply for the job. I've always wanted to work in a shop, as a temporary job, and I really like Hollister so it would be nice to work there. 

To start enjoying myself during my gap year I have started the '101 things in 1001 days' challenge and I have until 2014 to complete them. 

In October I will be going off to London for a few days to visit my friends, so if anyone can suggest things to do then let me know! I am also going to the University of Manchester Open Day, even though their resit policy is now completely different to what they said after Results Day, but I have my tickets and I want to go and see it. Last year I went to the KCL Open Day and I ended up not applying there, this always happens to me! 

My university choices are still not very clear. My current options are: Liverpool, Lancaster, Peninsula, BSMS, Southampton and maybe UEA (they are reconsidering their resit policy). I  really like the first three and I will probably apply to those so I just need to decide one more choice. Personal statement is also on my 'to-do' list so I guess from Monday I will have to get working on it. 

Oh and also I think there is something wrong with me or my exam technique because since GCSEs every exam I take that I feel prepared for goes very wrong! 

Well that's all for today! 
Hope you enjoy the 19 days left of summer,


PS: Sorry, I didn't notice it was such a long post !