Left in 2014
I am currently working between the brand new £350 million Grange University Hospital, Cwmbran and Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport. Next year I will be working in the Adult Critical Care Unit, Royal London Hospital.
I attended Christ College Brecon from 2007-2014 where I completed my Biology, Chemistry and History A Levels which allowed me to get into medical school.
As I spent my secondary school life growing up in Christ College, the move to University was an incredibly easy transition. I had wonderful mentors and role models in school, including my Headteacher, Houseparents and Sanatorium Sister. I was privileged to enjoy the extracurricular opportunities on offer which allowed me to develop team working and leadership skills and discipline. Teaching, speaking and presenting are important parts of being a doctor and these too are areas that school helped me to develop.
I chose to only apply to medical schools that required the UKCAT and researched the schools and their varying teaching styles, academic emphasis and selection criteria. Although you generally need to aim to get As across the board at A-level, I have friends who are brilliant doctors, who did not. An almost prerequisite requirement that medical school applicants will need, is multiple stints of work experience, showing commitment and understanding of what the career entails. This can be experience in hospitals but could also include volunteering in care homes or a similar setting.
Congratulations to anyone who gets an offer for medical school. The months of my A2 levels were the hardest I’d ever worked until I did my Med school finals.
To sum up my Christ College Brecon experience in three words, I would say ‘Opportunity. Development. Community’.