Who is JGM Slothouber Galbreath, PhD?
It’s me, Jolene, a scientist and mother who is starting medical school at King’s College London in the autumn. I’m based in Bristol and, come September, I will be commuting to London every day on the 06:31 from Bristol Parkway to London Paddington.
What is ‘White Coat, Bluestocking’?
This is the book I would like to write about my first year as a non-traditional student in which I will share my experiences and provide information for others who are considering this path.
It is for these journeys that I seek your help.
I have been able to piece together enough financial aid to cover my tuition and the other costs associated with the course. I have an exceptional support network who will help my husband care for our children when I am away from Bristol. However, there is no funding available for my biggest expense, the commute to school. This commute is both my biggest hurdle and also a golden opportunity. Commuting from Bristol to London by train, I will have dedicated time to devote to my studies, to update you on my progress and to work on & 39;White Coat, Bluestocking.& 39;
My non-traditional route to medical school, the one that will undoubtedly make me ‘better than the average bear,’ has left me ineligible for even a basic student tuition loan. My situation is not unique and women who have had a career break are particularly affected by the recent changes in student finance eligibility. As student finance loans are no longer available for study at ‘lower or equal levels,’ lack of accessible funding is a very real barrier to re-entry into work and further professional development. Furthermore, the banks have very recently withdrawn their loans for professional degrees, including medicine. This leaves mature and non-traditional students with very few options, indeed!?
So, I need your help.
To come to King’s College London every day. To realise my dream and start giving back. King’s is amazing and I feel enormously privileged to have earned the opportunity to study there. When I am on campus at Guy’s, I feel like I’ve come home. I hope that you will consider making a financial contribution to this project.
??I intend to start giving back by sharing my journey and helping those who are considering this path. I will continue my voluntary work as a breastfeeding counsellor with the NCT. I will undoubtedly dive into many other projects. And, I will write a book about it all, ‘White Coat, Bluestocking.’
I have been humbled by the encouragement and support that I have received. I will carry with me a gratitude that will shape the care that I will provide when I am on the other side.
Please explore project& 39;s website (www.whitecoatbluestocking.co.uk) to get to know me better. I’d love your support.
Jolene (whitecoatbluestocking (at) gmail (dot) com)
P.S. The crowdfunder platform has a limit of 6 different reward levels. So, I wanted to highlight one additional reward level:
£1000: if I discover a disease, I will name it after you (or not...perhaps you won& 39;t want to be associated with any diseases...ok, you choose); in the mean time, you& 39;ll be a featured sponsor on the blog and be a named thank you in the book and of course, you& 39;ll receive all of the rewards at the £500 level.