Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Time for a post I suppose

Hi there,

I decided to create this blog to post (whinge) about my life, and more particularly my journeys through the HSC and into University.

A little bit about myself, I'm 18, Male, from New South Wales, Australia and currently am in year 12. The most terrifying thing is that there is less than a month till the HSC exams start and a bit over a month until I'm finished school. Forever.

I want to study Medicine at University after this little thing called the HSC is done. I can't even remember the exact moment I realised this was what I wanted to do but I think I started to consider Med in year 9 after my science teacher decided to bring in his old anatomy textbooks and teach us that in favour of teaching the actual course... It wasn't until year 11 that I made up my mind after finding out that anything to do with IT or Business was certainly not for me...
This blog will likely mainly focus on my attempts to get into medicine, and if I miss out this year it will focus on my attempts at getting in next year, and so on. If I do get in, then this blog (or a new one) will focus on my journeys through medicine.

As it stands at the moment, my chances at getting into Medicine are not as good as they could be. I sat the dreaded UMAT in July of this year and only recently got my results back, which was a pretty terrifying experience. I downloaded the PDF and before I looked set an expectation of the mark I would be happy with in my head, which in hindsight was not a good idea because I just ended up disappointed.

I didn't go terribly with 56th percentile, but then again I didn't go well. These results totally discounted any chance I had at two of the Uni's which offer Undergraduate Medicine. For another two I have a chance, but I am at the absolute bottom of the pile of applicants and if I get an interview it will be nothing short of a miracle.

That leaves me with one good chance, the only University in Australia which does not use UMAT to judge it's Medicine applicants, James Cook Uni (JCU). Now unfortunately to go there I need to move myself 1200km's North into the tropics, which is a bit of a stretch but manageable. It would also be a massive change for me. But you what they say, a change is as good as a holiday (Whoever they are).
Unlike many of the people in my situation now, I actually didn't wait until I got my disappointing UMAT results to apply there, I always intended to apply there as I have applied to every Undergraduate Medicine course in Australia for the best chance at getting a place.

So as it stands now, I'm on STUVAC studying for the HSC, the applications are sent and so are the ATAR predictions. 

All I need to do now is wait and hope for either a letter or a phone call telling me I have an interview.

Anyway so thats what my blog will focus on, at the least I will try to update it with thoughts, ramblings or generally just things I find interesting every week. I am tying to keep it somewhat anonymous but lets just see how that goes.

Bye for now,