Without wanting to sound cliche I have always known that I am supposed to be a doctor. My parents will confirm that I was a very wierd child who used to "perform surgery" in the garden to try and save the poor worms who had been accidentally cut in half, clearly I was destined for either a career in medicine or I was just plain odd. We like to go with the doctor destiny idea.
I applied for medical school no less than 7 times, that's every year from the age of 18 until I was finally accepted at age 25. Some call this "stubborn" and "pig headed" but I prefer to think of it as "tenacious". While I was obsessively applying to medical school I studied hard and graduated from The University of Manchester with a BSc, an MRes and an MPhil and began a career in scientific research in desperate hopes that the more qualified I became the more likely it would be that a medical school would one day relent and let me in. I worked to fund myself all through university and did everything from bar work to tutoring to working in a call centre. All this finally paid off when I was accepted onto a graduate medicine course in 2014. Happy happy days.
Now that I am here in my second year of medical school I can honestly say I have never been happier, I finally feel like I am where I am supposed to be and I would do anything to stay here. Hence why I find myself on this website, asking for your help. I worked tirelessly during my first year of medical school to keep my head above water financially, as graduate students we get the bare minimum of funding to help with our living costs and fees and every year we study we get less and less funding (which makes no sense at all!). I worked every evening and weekend, my lovely parents helped me as much as they physically could and I just about got all my bills and fees paid. Almost.
I have managed to pass phase one of medical school with an overall mark of distinction and grades in the top 20% of the whole year group. But moving into the clinical years of my degree, where we will be working full time in hospital, unfortunately it comes to the point where you have to make a choice. Get good grades and actually pass medical school, or spend every minute of the day working to make money and seriously risk failing my degree.
So here I am asking if you please could donate and help me get through medical school. Jeremy Hunt wants to cut our funding even more than it already is and wants to effectively push out people from working class backgrounds from being able to become doctors. I am a normal girl from a normal background who has stubbornly and obsessively pushed to get where I am because I genuinely believe I can make a difference. If I can reach my target it means I can support myself through the next two years of my degree and finally make it to that graduation to become a genuinely kind, caring doctor who will go the extra mile for any of her patients. Please help me get there!