Two students from Cambridge University, Disha Ranmuthu (Newnham College), in her second year of her Medical degree, and Chanuka Singhania (Selwyn College), in his third year, came to talk to Long Road students hoping to study Medicine or Veterinary Science. Both students are active members of Cambridge MedSoc, which was founded in 1784. MedSoc aims to encourage greater integration between medical students across the University, and works throughout the year to organise talks by world-leading scientists and doctors exclusively for MedSoc members.
Disha and Chanuka gave a presentation examining why you might (or might not!) want to take a degree in Medicine, the likely, demanding, entry requirements at most UK universities, the A levels required, types of university, what to look for on open days, what universities will be looking for from you, and the importance of work experience. They also talked about personal statements, entrance exams and the interview. Although much of what Disha and Chanuka said would be applicable to most universities, they also talked about the Cambridge experience, and what the University would require from an applicant.
Getting into Vet School is equally demanding, and what was interesting to learn was that at Cambridge Medical and Veterinary students attend the same lectures in the first two years.
Two Year 2 Long Road students, David Hirst and Katie Thompson, are running our own Medical / Veterinary group, the Long Road MedSquad, which organises talks and mentors Year 1 students.
Tim Whittaker, Head of Studies, says “I am extremely grateful to Disha and Chanuka for giving up their time to come and talk to our students. It was an inspirational visit, which has encouraged students to work to apply for these worthwhile degrees and provided them with a huge amount of knowhow to help them with the application process.”
Photo: Our budding Medical or Veterinary students with Disha (centre left in orange top) and Chanuka (right of Disha in dark red top). Katie Thompson is first left in the front row and David Hirst (white t-shirt) is next to her.