Hi, my name is Aisha Saleem. I graduated from Tenby's Sixth Form in 2016 and I'm currently pursuing Medicine at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
My study plans were the exact same for both IGCSEs and A-Levels, besides the huge shock of a volume difference. Working through the last few months and weeks prior to the big exams I would push through heaps and heaps of past papers rewarding myself with the thought that I’d have in the end: “I worked hard for whatever grades I shall receive.” I would bluntly remind everyone to find their own studying style progressively, this is SO crucial. I still have peers in university experimenting and finding out what they’ve used in the past to score decent marks wasn’t the right style to reach their maximum potential. Moving on from college, I have to admit I wasn’t the most prepared person to take on university. Learning along the way was my plan, yet I did not let student life overwhelm me or let myself miss out on any chances I had.
Studying in RCSI is an absolute honour but it comes with a price, the handpicked students I am with everyday are some of the most intelligent, hardworking people I have ever met. A week in RCSI would involve long hours of lectures, anatomy practical lessons, patient contact sessions, hospital visits followed by an abundance of options for talks, practical sessions etc. However challenging it may be as every other university, I believe that RCSI wholly exposes the student to their future careers. Beyond the hours of hard work, what makes it all bearable is Ireland. Many overlook Dublin as they see London and all the other universities in the UK. I can guarantee you that Dublin will keep anyone sane. It is full of laughter, music, artists, shops and tonnes of friendly people, the nightlife there is also one that should not be skipped.