Barbara Studzinska

As far as I can remember I always wanted to become a doctor. I finished secondary school in Poland (bio-chemistry class) with very good grades and applied for medicine, but to my great disappointment, I didn’t secure a place.

I came to join family in the UK and my dad persuaded me to apply for local universities. I went to Keele to find out some information about applying. From the beginning I felt attracted to this place by the very friendly and helpful people I met. The Health Foundation Year was a perfect opportunity for me. It gave me a chance to fill the gap between my educational background and the A level requirements for a medical degree.

The Foundation Year went amazingly quickly. I think the programme prepared me well for Medicine and was also enjoyable. We did a lot of interesting practical sessions and all material was well covered during lectures. We also had the chance to acquire some useful communication skills such as public speaking and writing of scientific reports.

Moreover, we were introduced to work with Simulated Patients, who play a significant role in the Keele medical curriculum. I met other students interested in health related professions and made new friends. The Foundation Year was a very important experience for me. I think it made my progress to medicine quite smooth because I gained relevant knowledge and felt more confident about myself. I would recommend the Foundation Year to everyone, who really wants to study Medicine but doesn’t have the right educational background to do it.

Keele was a perfect choice for me - new facilities, great atmosphere, friendly and always-willing-to-help people make Keele an extraordinary place. I would certainly apply again!