I still vividly remember the moment I decided to apply to medical school. It was not an easy decision for me.
Despite my genuine interest and passion, there was always a doubt in my mind that I could ever be the ‘ideal’ medical student I thought a university like Imperial wanted
Now that I’m here, I’ve realised this is simply not the case. In an introductory talk during freshers’ week, we were told that each of us were unique and individually chosen to be part of the first-year cohort, and it would not be the same without us.
I can reassure you: it doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, Imperial is a very welcoming place."
This may seem obvious, but it wasn’t to me at the time. I can now appreciate this so much more. It’s the distinctive combination of qualities that you have that will make you a good doctor. There is no ‘ideal’.
As a black student, I knew I would be a minority at medical school. Joining the Afro Caribbean Society was a highlight of my first year. I’ve met some amazing people that I could relate to and had new, enriching experiences with them.
I know many applicants worry about not fitting in because of their background, but I can reassure you: it doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, Imperial is a very welcoming place.