Wednesday, 24 October 2012


I was supposed to do this yesterday but things got in the way...

But yes, as my title suggests, yesterday (23/10/12) I got an email from UCAS. "Something has changed on your track" - when I saw it, my heart started beating fast, I was shaking, I was so nervous! I quickly logged onto to track and what do I see....


Queen Mary, University of London has only gone and given me an offer of ABB in 3 GCE subjects! WOOOP! For Biochemistry, mind you!

So I've DEFINITELY got a chance of getting into university next year. The way I'm seeing it, if I don't get into medicine next year (God forbid) I'll go do the biochemistry degree and see where life takes me!

Now I have to wait until the others start giving out interviews, hopefully I have a shot then!

Plus tomorrow, I have a medical interview prep thing tomorrow at a grammar school local to mine, so I'm looking forward to that. I haven't really done much practice with interviews to be fair, so doing this should give me a kick in the right direction.

But its late, and I do have to be in school early, so I'm off.
I'll post tomorrow with some interview advice and tips!


Monday, 15 October 2012


Ok so since my application was sent off, I've been able to log into track (even though I haven't got my welcome letter yet). I was really excited.

But heres how it looks at the moment:

So now all I can do is wait!

But yesterday, I got an email from Queen Mary university, stating that they've received my application and it will take 6-8 weeks for a reply on a decision!

So yeah, now I play the waiting game. Hopefully, this waiting doesn't make me anxious!

Saturday, 13 October 2012


Ok, its official.
My college sent off my application today, in fact this morning. I got the email whilst at work! This is what they emailed today:

We are pleased to let you know that your school, college or centre has sent us your UCAS application, which we received on 13 October 2012.

What happens next?
It will usually take up to 48 hours for us to process and send it to the universities and colleges that you have applied to. At deadlines this may be longer.

We will send you a welcome letter and a Your UCAS Welcome Guide in the post when we have processed it. The letter is important as it lists all the courses that you have applied to as well as your Personal ID and username.

So UCAS 2013 has officially started. All I've got to do now is just wait for the welcome letter and wait for interviews/offers to start rolling in! Let the anxiety and waiting begin!

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Okay, guys I've got a dilemma...

Right, as you all know I've sent off my UCAS form, but thankfully my reference hasn't been added yet. From my previous posts, I told you guys that I went to the BSMS open day and I loved it! But unfortunately, my AS grades (I thought) weren't good enough but I recently received an email from one of the admissions tutors saying :

Hello Satta

Sorry for the delay

We prefer to see AS grades, but if they are missing or poor then we will look at GCSE’s.

I sent him an email asking about whether they prefer to see AS results. I'm not sure if mine are poor - BBBCD, B's in Bio, Chem and Maths - but my GCSE grades are far better. I've been predicted AAA as well. I really loved BSMS when I went to the open day. What do I do? I need to ask for my college to send back my application form so I can change my fifth option anyway, I'm changing from chem and biochem at Queen Mary's to just biochem. Plus I'm really considering changing Nottingham to BSMS. But is it worth the risk? What do I do? But applying to medicine is a risk in itself anyway but I'm so confused!

I need some advice please!


Monday, 1 October 2012

Dudeee, Work on Saturday was just...

Sorry, I haven't been posting as regularly! A2 is taking over my life and really does require a lot of dedication and stuff. So yeah, doing three subjects, I assumed will be so much easier than doing 5 AS's but boy, was I wrong! My A2 subjects require so much time! Its really draining, but by God's grace, I will be able to survive, and you will too! Just less than a year to go!

Right, onto what this post was really about. Work on Saturday. 

Its Saturday morning, 9am, I collect the GP's keys from the local corner shop and open up the surgery. As time goes on, I realise I'm manning the GP surgery all by myself. Oh. My. Gosh. A whole GP surgery left to a 17 year old again! Suddenly I started to worry, oh my gosh, what if things go wrong? What do I do? What if I make a mistake? But I had to calm myself down, and take it on the chin. I was only there until 4pm, what's the worst that could happen, right?

It is now 1pm and the clinic starts. Patients start coming in. One patient comes in with her son, he's expecting a pre-school booster. First of all, the doctor who does the clinic on Saturday does not do injections without them being prepared for him, because otherwise he wastes time preparing them. But me being me, I assumed he'd prepare this one on his own. Just before she was due to go and see the doctor for her son, the doctor calls me through the telephone from his office into the reception and tells me he cannot do it without the injection being prepared for him. Unfortunately, I was not trained to prepare the injections! And I was alone, so who else would prepare it, certainly not the doctor.

So guess who had to break the news to the patient? Me, of course. With the drop of the phone, I called the patient over to the reception desk and told her the news. It went something like this:

Me: I'm really sorry about this, but I'm afraid your son cannot get his injection because we don't have someone to prepare the injection for your son today but I can reschedule another appointment for it to be done, is Monday fine for you?

Obviously, she flipped out! Well, of course she would, she had been waiting to see the doctor and at the last minute this was cancelled on her. So her being angry was totally justified. But this was my first time dealing with an angry patient! Inside, I was panicking, terrified and upset at the same time, but I couldn't show this emotion. So how did I deal with it? I apologised profusely and carried a calm tone when speaking to her even though I was the total opposite inside. I tried to calm her down by offering an appointment for Monday and it worked! It was a total relief when she left though. I guess, I'm not used to such anger towards me. But I used it as a lesson, as obviously if I want to be a doctor, I do have to learn to deal with such patients at times, not all patients will come in happy as rainbows and unicorns.