andWe’ve gone back and spoken to students who completed the Sheffield Outreach and Access to Medicine Scheme (SOAMS) programme and who are about to start their degrees here at Sheffield. Here’s how Salma answered 5 Minutes, 5 Questions.
What are you studying?
I’m just about to start my first year of Medicine.
Where are you from?
I’m from Doncaster.
Why did you take part in the programme?
I became aware of SOAMS through my sixth form – I was particularly interested in it as the eligibility criteria applied to me and thought it would be great as I felt as though I was lacking a lot of knowledge on applying to medicine in general, as I have been the first in my family to do so and so felt disadvantaged compared to, perhaps, other aspiring medical students.
What was the best thing about the programme?
I’d have to say visiting the dissection suite during the summer school was truly a surreal experience and made me even more excited to apply to Sheffield! But just generally, visiting the university and medical school has meant I’m familiar with the location so beginning my studies won’t be as daunting as if I was to visit for the first time. Also, the MMI practice and feedback was very helpful, as well as speaking to medical students who have always been full of great advice. It’s hard to choose one thing I have enjoyed as it has all been a fantastic experience.
What are you most excited about university?
I can’t wait to meet new people from all different walks of life and corners of the world! And of course, I can’t wait to begin my degree 🙂
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