It’s human nature to shy away from the difficult, from things that don’t necessarily have a straight route. Any task or issue is surmountable one step at a time. As a student in secondary school, university may seem like something to think about years down the road. If going to university is something you are considering, it isn’t too early to think about the steps that will gain you entry into the course you desire.
Is it the science field that you are interested in? Maybe you dream of becoming a dentist or a veterinarian. Working out which subjects you need to excel in and what the pre-university requirements are, will aid tremendously in getting you closer to your goal. Yes, it does require additional work and focus right now, but come your SPM exams, you will be a step or two closer to your goal, setting you apart from your peers.
Speak to consultants and experts who can advise you about the steps you can take to prepare yourself early. Consultants like those at KSMU are always willing to help with the advise that would suit you best. Talking to school leavers who are doing their pre-university studies or are in university courses that you are interested in would also help you paint a picture about what life would be like in these programmes and the prerequisites you should be aware of. Whatever the scenario, there is much to gain from taking proactive steps early on.
Medical school is going to be an experience like no other, an adventure from the moment you step through the car to the day you graduate. But before you even consider the life of a doctor, you should consider the life of a medical student. Here are some points to consider:
- It’s going to be hard work. There will be lectures, practicals and exams. The materials will be more intense, and you will be expected to cram a great amount of information. You will also be expected to work in groups during study sessions and tutorials. So be prepared to be flexible with how you study!
- Be prepared to get your hands dirty. You will be dealing with dissections and not just of rodents if you’re lucky enough to go to a medical school that offers human cadavers for hands-on practise.
- It is a marathon not a sprint. A medical degree is going to be longer than any other degree, so be prepared to pace yourself so you don’t burnout. At the same time, your friends from school will be graduating long before you and getting on with their lives — gaining employment, getting married and having children. Expect to feel like you are a perpetual student.
- Biology is cool. There is so much to discover and the marvels of the human body will have you thrilled to the bone. Expect to want to share your knowledge with friends and family. Expect them to not be as excited.
- Organisation is key. With the juggling of subjects, classes, exams, tutorials, assignments, practicals, friends and family, you need to get your life in order. It’s great preparation for when you graduate and are a houseman in a local government hospital.
Check out blogs by medical students. That will give you a great idea about how things really are, as medical student bloggers rarely mince words or sugarcoat their experience. Another option is to meet with our consultants at KSMU Edu Services. The consultants would be able to paint a pretty accurate picture about life in universities in Russia, India and Indonesia.