August 9, 2010 by Emedica
I am of Bangladeshi origin but have lived in Finland most of my life. In Finland applications for medical school are very different to those in the UK – we only get to apply to one med school per year (of the few available) and you are assessed based on a single entrance exam – no interviews, no personal statements, no other chance to make your mark. My exam didn’t go poorly, just not well enough. My parents had advised me to apply to business school as a backup which is what led me here – working towards my Master’s in Economics and Business having worked with success but without fulfilment in the banking sector and now hoping to give up the lucrative career that awaits me to go back to school for at least a decade.
Last year I made an unsuccessful application in the UK as a graduate applicant for 2010 entry…. Call it a practice run….. I can clearly see what I did wrong and where I could improve and hopefully with the well over 1000 UKCAT practice questions I have been doing in the hopes of a killer UKCAT score, and also a stronger GAMSAT score, this year will be a different story – nothing has ever hurt me as much as being rejected for medical school nor will anything bring me as much joy and satisfaction as working at my vocation.
One thing’s for sure – UK medical schools, I’m reapplying.