My name is Katie, I am in my final year at the University of St Andrews on the BSc (Hons) Medicine Course. During my fourth year at High School I decided I wanted to study medicine after attending outreach programmes encouraging careers in healthcare. After attending a summer school at the University of St Andrews, I knew I would love to have the opportunity to study there. During this visit I fell in love with the town, its surroundings, its strong community feel and how welcoming everybody was. I left school at the end of my fifth year having gained a place at the University of St Andrews’ ‘Gateway to Medicine’ programme.
This allowed me to get a deeper science foundation with the opportunity to study new subjects, alongside practical lab work. This provided me with the experience of more independent study and living away from home for the first time. I progressed to study medicine at St Andrews. My course has prepared me greatly with progressing to my partner university but also for a career in medicine. One aspect that I have really enjoyed is the clinical skills teaching which we get from early on in amazing facilities. By being able to be a part of the university’s Dance Club I have continued my love of dancing which also greatly enhanced my university experience. Through this I’ve made friends from all over the world.
My time at St Andrews has allowed me to form lifelong friendships and experience traditions unique to the university. By studying here I was able to push myself both academically and personally with great support networks and excellent teaching.
I’m Rebecca. In order to step back into higher education, I enrolled on a Certificate of Highers course at Dundee and Angus College. Throughout this year-long course I undertook Higher level subjects which I did not study in high school. In doing this, I broadened my educational horizons which helped my decision on where I would like to take my academic journey.
One such area was the study of Geography, which was an area of keen interest to me and I wanted to continue onwards at university level. During the Highers course, an admissions representative from the University of St Andrews visited my college group and encouraged us to apply to St Andrews. Both my college lecturers and the representatives from St Andrews advised me throughout the UCAS application process, answering all my questions and helping me produce an application that demonstrated my full potential. This support and guidance did not end once I had received my place at St Andrews.
Instead I was introduced to people through the Lifelong Learning team who I could turn to for guidance as I integrated into student life. During my first year, I became a student ambassador where I have represented the university at many events and met other students who are now my friends. Over the course of studying a variety of geography modules, I have been able to develop my academic skills whilst taking part in a number of field trips and excursions, including a week-long trip to Ireland. This has given me the freedom to focus on specific areas of academic interest that I can explore in my fourth year dissertation. Thanks to this guidance throughout my educational journey, I have been given the chance to realise my future aspirations and has prepared me for a life beyond the world of university.