Hi all, One of the things I have always done is kept a diary, not one based on my personal life really but an experiences diary. One that I have been able to use when writing job applications or applying to university. I write about what I've been up to as I've been up to it and what I learned from it. My paper diary has recently run out and instead of getting a new one I thought a blog could be an alternative. I'm posting on here but I am also blogging here:Applying to Medicine: A Wishful Medic. This means people can comment on the blog which isn't allowed on this site. This blog is going to be specifically about my attempt to get a place to study medicine. So, first post is an introduction to me Hello everyone and welcome to my blog, I’m Mia. I’ve recently finished university during which time I realised that I’d made a huge mistake. What I really want to do with my life is be a doctor. This wasn’t something I considered when I initially applied to university and I’m not sure that I would have been ready for the demands of the course at the time. I come from a family where no-one before me had GCSE’s, let alone A-Levels and the careers advice given by my school was not exactly helpful. I went to university to study biology as it had been my favourite A-Level and it wasn’t until I started the course that I began to appreciate the variety of potential specialisms within the subject. I chose modules on the basis that they sounded interesting and while I loved my modules, they did not support each other well and I found I did not know all the material that was assumed knowledge for my courses and I ended up graduating with a 2.ii. I went away and did my MSc in human genetics. I thought it would help me to decide what I wanted to do with my life and let me study a subject I loved in more depth. At this point I was convinced that studying medicine was a stupid dream and I was thinking about going into research instead. I finished my MSc with merit and became even more convinced that I wanted to study medicine. So here I am. I have no idea if I will ever actually become a doctor but I intend to write about the attempt. I plan to sit the GAMSAT in September and apply for courses in September 2014 for 2015 entry. I was interested in the experiences of others in similar situations to me and wanted to be able to read their stories, so I’m aiming for this blog to be what I would want to read. Also, I hope by keeping a record, I will be able to look back on this blog to help me later in the application process. Some of my posts may be about things I have done previously such as work experience, others about research I have done into entry requirements or funding arrangements while others (likely those do do with GAMSAT revision) may descend into indecipherable rants. Thanks for reading. M150.