Eleanor, Junior Doctor

Hi , My name is Eleanor. I graduated from Edinburgh university in 2014 and I’m currently an FY2 doctor working for NHS Lothian.I went to a state school in a town called Lockerbie which is in the south of Scotland. Though my teachers ย were keen for people to work hard and achieve well, and were very good at offering extra curricular activities, they didn’t have the resources or inside knowledge to prepare me specifically ย for the practicalities of applying for medicine , for example organising work experience , practise interviews and having to do the UKCAT.

I managed to arrange some work experience at the local hospital and sought help from one of my favourite teachers about doing my personal statement and reference. I found some helpful information online and in the university prospectuses which outlined the various things I had to do to apply for medicine.

I managed to muddle through to eventually get a place at Edinburgh university where I did 6 years including intercalating in zoology.

Now that I’m working as a doctor and really enjoying it, ย I’m glad my hard work and investigation skills paid off. I know it’s difficult to concentrate on applying for university when you’re bogged down with studying for highers, which can seem overwhelming but the extra effort is worth it in the end.