I’m starting to feel a bit old, recently… Making all these posts about starting medicine is a bit of a punch in the teeth! I’m now about to start fourth year after doing a BMSc, making it 4 years ago that I started uni. FOUR YEARS! That’s just more than 20% of my lifetime ago! So, perhaps I’m no longer the best person to be talking about how I felt about starting uni, as my memory is getting a bit hazy in my old age, but here goes nothing.
Before starting uni, I was pretty excited. From the moment I got an unconditional offer, I couldn’t wait to start uni and after I got my offer from Dundee, I almost accepted straight away! Over the summer, before starting, excitement built as I started buying stuff for uni and putting some money aside to help me enjoy freshers week as much as possible.
The prospect of moving out of a small town into a city was exciting within itself and the chance to make new friends and study something that I was interested in all made for a pretty good summer.
On the other hand, for all the same reasons I noted above, I was apprehensive! Would I make new friends? Would I do well at uni or would I struggle? Would I enjoy being away from home? Would I be able to have a life outside of medicine? These are all natural questions to ask yourself, and its all worked out fine in the end! It really is tough to know how you’ll cope with all of these things and the only way to find out for sure is to try it!
In saying this, I was more excited than I was apprehensive, but I do remember one night where it hit me that I was leaving home in a few days, but I needn’t have worried!
From the moment you get an offer, the realisation that becoming a doctor becomes more and more of a reality, and with that, peoples perception of you changed from a teenager to more of a professional and this is something you’ve got to try and live up to. You’ll realise this is happening when people start telling about their aches and pains they’ve been having recently and if you know what’s going on. Get used to this!
So, before starting uni you’ll feel a mixed-bag of emotions, but hopefully, you should be excited about it. It really is one of the best times of your life, especially early on, so try and do your best to savour it!