'I was greatly inspired by my lecturers and my interests in teaching and research were enhanced while at Birmingham. '
I am an NHS doctor who has recently specialised in histopathology. I work at The Royal London Hospital. After graduating from Birmingham with a 2.1 in BSc. Biological Sciences (Genetics) I went travelling for a year, worked as a chemist for a chemical company for a year and then applied to do medicine. I worked for a further year as a healthcare assistant and went back to college to do chemistry A-level for a year. I then did a pre-MBBS medical elective in Sri Lanka for 2 months and started medicine at the age of 24yrs.
Outline the course you studied at the University of Birmingham and how it benefited you?
BSc. Biological Sciences (Genetics) - gave me a passion for biology and how things work and live. I was greatly inspired by my lecturers and my interests in teaching and research were enhanced while at Birmingham. I realised I really loved talking to people about biology.
What made you to decide to study at the University of Birmingham?
Definitely the friendliest atmosphere on the university open days and has good historical reputation-it is a 'red brick' university with academic credibility.
How did you find your first year in Birmingham?
I enjoyed living in halls and made 'friends for life' (true!) many of who I am still in touch with. I massively enjoyed the freedom of living away from home and was one of the best years of my life. .
How did going to University as a whole benefit you?
Made me a much for rounded person, particularly in terms of learning from other people who were studying other subjects. I learnt life skills such as management skills and how to cook (although not very well!). It gave me an aim to pursue a future career with an academic aspect.
How did you find campus life?
Really, really loved campus life- especially in the summer with the green outside the library and pints outside Old Joes. I have fond memories of all my friends being 'down the road' and being able to meet up for lunch with whoever was around.
How did you find living in Birmingham?
Very enjoyable, large city with everything you need. Very supportive student community- more so than studying in London where you can feel a bit like just a number! Small tutorial groups who met on a 2 weekly basis and small study groups, labs...guess I got to know everyone in my year through being a 'STAR' academic rep.
Did you join any student societies during your studies?
Academic rep, swimming, guild council....generally socialised a lot and loved random gigs and student nights.
Any tips to pass on to students thinking of coming here?
Do it - I was so happy at Birmingham and still have many best friends up there. Home away from home.
What are your aspirations for the future?
To continue working as a medical doctor and to pass my upcoming pathology exams- eek!... eventually consultant I hope.