Travis Norton | 2nd year Bachelors of Nursing, Adult Branch
Travis applied to Birmingham because he had the chance to experience three different fields of practice in his first year. The university is also positioned next door to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, where a lot of our adult placements are based.
What made you apply to study Nursing?
Personal experiences looking after elderly family members had made me realise that I wanted to go into care work as I found the work enjoyable and rewarding, studying to be a qualified nurse enabled me to do this and have a positive impact on a variety of different people.
What do you enjoy most about being a student here?
I have received a lot of support from the university and the faculty here have made me grow as a person and academically. I have joined a few societies at the university and become involved in the committees of some, this has let me meet people from different courses who I have similar interests with.
What are the best parts about the course?
Variety of clinical placements, the chance to experience adult, mental health and children’s nursing in the first year before choosing my field of practice.
What advice would you give to perspective students looking to study this course at Birmingham?
To make the most of the opportunities here at the University of Birmingham, join some societies, mingle with people who aren’t on your course.
What do you like most about the city?
I grew up in Birmingham so I know the city well, the city centre and the Bull Ring has a huge variety of shops and places to eat. The surrounding communities are extremely diverse.
If you could sum up your time at the university to date in three words, what would they be?
Challenging but rewarding
What are you plans for after you graduate?
To work as a qualified nurse and to hopefully get a preceptorship at a local NHS Trust that I have had placement with.
What advice would you give to your first year self?
I would have told myself to get more involved with the extracurricular things going on around campus, such as the many societies and to try new things.