As you may or may not already know, the other month I got accepted into my top choice university to study medicine!
I was so, so happy when I found out, my mum and I literally just sat there crying with happiness! Not the best way to handle the news but I was just so relieved and proud that the tears came flooding out!
So, basically, if you get an offer, you get invited to come to an offer holder day. It’s where you get to look around the areas of the university that you’ll be studying at most, so for me, it was the medical centre. It also gives you a chance to ask any questions you may have and gives them a chance to try and persuade you to study there, which obviously, I am.
It started with an opening talk at 9:30. This was just a brief overview of the university as a whole and just someone congratulating us on our offer. Beforehand, we had been given lanyards with our names and the place that we needed to be. My lanyard colour was purple which I was actually so happy with as I felt it was the best colour on offer!
After this, we had to walk to the medical centre which was a short walk though uphill so it was a little more difficult than it probably should have been but I’m just so lazy that it’s nothing that anyone else would complain about.
At the medical centre, I participated in a few activities related to my course. I got to take bloods, do the choking manoeuvre, learn some key communication skills, learn a bit of anatomy and CPR. I had done most of these before at a Summer School but that was almost a year ago so it was good to refresh my memory and do them again, especially as I’ll be doing them a lot during my time at university anyway.
We then had a Q&A type of presentation in a lecture hall where any questions we may have had got answered. I didn’t really have any questions but there were some good ones that got asked which had interesting answers though these weren’t questions with answers that were essential to know. It was just finding out how many people got offers compared to how many applicants got interviews and there were so many interviewees that didn’t get a place which made me even more grateful!
It was then time for an accommodation tour which was really good. I already knew what the accommodation looked like in one student village but I had a tour of the other one that was also really nice. The kitchen seemed a little small for 10 people though which made my steer more towards the village that I’d seen previously but the bedrooms were exactly the same so it was just preference really. I’ve chose a hall of 8 people so it won’t be as crowded.
Dummy arm to practice taking blood.
After the University, my mum and I were so hungry, we had a free lunch at the university but it had been small and we were ready for food again so we got on the tram to the nearest shopping centre. As we headed to the food court we decided on Wagamamas where we got seated quickly. I got chilli squid to start, which is my absolute favourite and raisukaree curry for main which was amazing! Every time I go to Wagamamas I try to get something new to see if I like it and I was glad I got this one!
We then went around and had a quick look. I was particularly drawn to the skincare in TKMaxx and I reviewed one of the Korean skincare products in my last blog post. As well as that though, I got another sheet mask, a serum and a facial spray. I think I prefer buying skincare over makeup though I do enjoy buying new foundations and highlighters!
There was also a shop/room there that’s dedicated to taking Instagram photos. I mostly took boomerangs in there but photos would have easily looked as impressive!https://lovekyra.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/7d3eb41a778b426fb158d0d91f0f1503.mov
It was definitely a tiring day but it gave me an insight of what the course will be like and gave me the vibe of the university which was everything I wanted and more, so I can’t wait to go study there if I get the grades!