This is a big life-changing decision which needs a lot of consideration, careful analysis and forward-thinking; you will be spending many years in a particular university, on a particular course, you have to be 100% sure you are making the right choice. In this blog post, we take a look at, what we think, are the three most important factors you should take into account when looking at the options available to you.
Every medical school has its pros and cons, which purposely targets the attention of some but not all students. Consider whether you want to be classroom based for the first few years of the degree or would rather be hands on with patients from the very beginning.
Have a look at each university’s prospectus to see what is on offer, how they structure the course and whether it matches your interest within the medical field. Do certain lecturers specialise in a particular field of medicine which you would eventually like to major in? Is there a research element part of the course?
It is always a great idea to attend any open days on offer, research any student reviews about the university and your course of interest and read as much as possible from that particular university’s website.
For some, the location of the university is as important as the course content itself. Would you study close to home? A lot of medical students decide to stay at their parental home to study for various reasons but mostly due to the fact it is often cheaper. Plus you already know the area and have people you know close by; you might have employment commitments you may want to keep too.
However, for others, moving away from the parental home has been a long awaited dream and getting into an even better medical school than the one near home is the perfect excuse. A fresh start in a new area, making new friends and overcoming new challenges while visiting back home when you can-best of both worlds. Make sure you do your research first, check out the cost of living in that particular area such as rents and the price of food and public transport before deciding on anything.
While attending open days at a university of interest, do not just look around the university, take a trip around the city and surrounding areas of the actual university at different times of the day. You have to like the area the university is located in too, as you will be based there for quite some time.
While studying medicine will definitely take up most of your time, you need to make room for some sort of socialising or leisure pursuit to create a healthy work/life balance. Questions to ask yourself:
Freshers week, which is what they generally call the first week of university, is perfect for finding all sorts of interesting hobbies, activities and societies to sign up to. But, of course, freshers week is after you have made your decision, so again it is best you find out all you can during the open and research stage.
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