Let me introduce myself…

WOW. I did not expect the setting up of a blog to be so complicated. I still don’t know if I’m doing things right?

As you can tell, I am very new to the world of blogging but I have been wanting to get started for a while now in order to help people who have been through the same as me! Before getting into that I should introduce myself…

My name is Holly, I’m 19 years old and attend Newcastle University studying Biomedical Sciences. I have no siblings (cry), but a little dog called Milly who likes to think she is ‘one of the girls’. I love to spend time with family and friends and I am happiest surrounded by the people I love💗

You are probably now wanting to know the reason for me starting this blog and so here goes…last year I was given a place at St Andrews medical school, which was what dreams were made of for me. I have always wanted to study medicine and coming home to receive the news was one of the biggest highlights of my life. I worked hard all through A2 year of college to make sure I got the grades that would secure my place, and I was sure that I would be starting life as a medical student! This, as you can tell, did not happen and unfortunately I did not manage to get the grades I needed. I had never been as disappointed in myself in all my life and I really struggled for a couple of weeks adjusting the fact that I wasn’t going to be joining the friends I had made (via Facebook) in St A. The weeks after A-level results day were the hardest, but I had to ‘man up’ and face the truth. I decided that it wasn’t going to stop me from going to University and certainly not from pursuing my dreams of becoming a doctor. I chose Biomed as the pre-degree to undertake because it I knew that it was the closest to medicine that I could get for the time being, and Newcastle because I love the city.

This pain and upset that I felt the day my heart was broken is something that I have learnt to live with, and it is now something that I want to help other people overcome.

Medical school is highly competitive and places are limited meaning inevitably people are going to be left disappointed. BUT there are ways through this! A ‘no’ does not mean a definitive ‘no’, there are ways of getting into medical school when your grades are not high enough!! Biomedical science is just one option of many. I spent a few days looking into other options for making my dream a reality and chose this route because I didn’t want to leave education and I have always enjoyed biology. For every individual, there is a tailor-made path of reaching your goals which may not be the route that is necessarily chosen by you. But if there is one thing that this experience has taught me, it is that everything happens for a reason!!

Stay strong people…there is always a way!
H x


Published by Dreams Of A Medic

2nd Year Medical Student at the University of Manchester!

2 thoughts on “Let me introduce myself…

  1. Well said Holly. If everything is for a reason – perhaps helping others find their alternative pathway is the reason you missed out. You need the resilience you have found to make it in medicine, keep it up


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