Rachel Jolley

I remember trying to plan out an answer as to why I want to be a doctor in preparation for my interview. I struggled to put it into words then and I still do.

I saw doctors in action during my training as a nurse, so I didn’t have any false ideas about the demands put upon them! I’ve always been a people person and wanted to make a difference, but more than that, there is something within me that wants to be doctor more than anything and I can’t really explain what it is, it’s just there.

Throughout my nurse training I looked into the various options that would enable me to pursue a career in Medicine, even though I hadn’t studied Chemistry at school. Eventually, during the last few weeks of my nursing degree, I found out that I could apply for a place on the Health Foundation Year, which providing I passed, would automatically give me a place on the Medicine course.

The Foundation Year gave me the scientific (Chemistry) basis I needed to progress onto the principle course, it also had optional modules such as Active Anatomy which are beneficial when going on to study Medicine.

Although the Medicine course is not always easy, I love it! There is a lot of work and a great deal to learn, and yes sometimes it is exhausting, but I wouldn’t have it any other way - studying to be a doctor is an exciting, challenging and rewarding path to take and most of all, it’s my dream come true.