Ayla Norman | 1st year Bachelor of Nursing

Ayla says she applied to Birmingham because, "I came to an open day and loved the campus. The mix of new and old buildings. It really is one of the most beautiful campuses in the world!"

What made you apply to study Nursing?

I worked as a Nursing Assistant in an oncology ward for 2 years, and having seen what the nurses do up close it made me want to become a Nurse too. Other personal experience also contributed to me wanting to become a nurse. The fact that at this University you can study 3 branches of nursing in your first year was a real selling point, as it not only gives you a range of experience, but it allows you to make an informed decision when you’re choosing your branch.

What do you enjoy most about being a student here?

I love walking around the campus and feeling like I’m part of a thriving community. There are so many societies to join that you can make friends anywhere.

What are the best parts about the course?

The best parts about the course are the placements. You can go anywhere in Birmingham and get a truly holistic view of healthcare in this modern city. You could be in a community clinic for one placement, and an acute surgical ward for the next. There are lots of specialist areas covered in Birmingham.

What advice would you give to perspective students looking to study this course at Birmingham?

I would advise new students to throw themselves into what the University offers. There are loads of things to do from societies to events on campus. I would also advise nursing students to try and cover at least AS standard Biology, as it will really help with the science modules of the course.

What do you like most about the city?

It has everything you could want. The arenas in Birmingham mean that you can see the best talent and shows in the world. There are lots of parks to explore and more shops than you could ever hope to visit.

If you could sum up your time at the university to date in three words, what would they be?

Amazing, inspiring and challenging

What advice would you give to your first year self?

I would tell my first year self not to worry about making friends as there are loads of dedicated and like-minded people on the course. I would also tell myself to try even more societies and events.