This is a bit of a different post for you all today and it's about my own personal journey to studying medicine.
I've always wanted to be a doctor, ever since I was little. It was probably instilled in me from a very young age; I had a doctor uniform as young child and took appointments in a phone book!
So naturally I applied for medicine through the CAO when I started my Leaving Cert year. I have to say though you do need to put in the work to get the most out of your exams.
Although my biggest enemy was the Health Professionals Aptitude Test (HPAT)
I highly recommend doing a HPAT prep course if you want to succeed as it is an exam like no other and you cannot really prepare for it without the practice of a preparatory course.
I tried the first time around and did not succeed in getting a good grade in the HPAT. I was very nervous, not really knowing what to expect and I doubted myself in every answer. I think that's where it all went wrong. I completed each section way too fast and then as I had finished so fast, I went back over every question and changed almost every answer!
The second time though, I really practiced using a prep course and it made all the difference.
I passed with flying colours and got into medicine no problem.
The best advice I can give someone in that situation is to keep calm during the exam and definitely TAKE YOUR TIME. I took my time and it paid off and I kept my cool.
Think Calmly Under Pressure (TeaCUP) Just think of this and you should be fine!
I'm now starting First Med and I am thoroughly excited and a bit overwhelmed by the amount of work needed to be done; but that is what I signed up for. It's not an easy course and you have to work hard and you need to be prepared for that.
My timetable is pretty crazy but honestly I'm just so eager to begin learning and perfecting my skills to become a good doctor, hopefully a Paediatrician!