Feel at home away from home, here at Nottingham!
Firstly, congratulations on getting into Medical School! I’m sure you’re all so proud and happy that you’ve finally made it, after all the applications, UCAT/BMAT practice and interview preparation.
Coming to university can feel very scary and nerve-wracking but don’t worry it’s not as bad as it seems. As an international student, coming all the way to the UK for university from my home country in Malaysia was scary. I did not know how I was going to cope with being in a completely different country without the comfort of my family and friends. My first few weeks of university was really fun and I loved every second of it, but I have to admit, I was still missing home everyday. I still deal with moments of homesickness even after being at university for 2 years. Thankfully, I made new friends who have now become my family away from home, and they have helped me through the highs and lows of university life and medical school.
Medical school is not easy, for both international students and UK students. I just want to remind you to have fun and enjoy your first year at university, because you only have freshers once! And always remember no matter how hard life gets or if you feel like you aren’t coping well with university life, there are many people here to support you and to lend a shoulder for you to lean on. MedSoc is here for your benefit and to provide you with as much help as we can. As international rep, I would like to provide a community for students to share any troubles or problems they might be facing here at university. I am always here if you need someone to talk to or if you just need someone to listen. I’m sure you’re all going to have an amazing time at university and I can’t wait to meet all of you!