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Bethany Shiell talks about her experience of studying at Edinburgh and why she chose to study medical sciences with us.

Bethany Shiell

Bethany Shiell

Bethany Shiell is a 4th year student studying BSc Medical Sciences.

"I was drawn to the University primarily because of the great reputation of its Medical School - which it hasn't failed to live up to!"

My programme

"I chose to study Medical Sciences because it allowed me to explore medicine from the aspects of both research and healthcare, and it fits perfectly with my areas of interest.

The Medical School at Edinburgh is world renowned, so I knew my lectures would be of the highest quality, and given by some of the world’s leading researchers

I really love my studies (which is really helpful!) so I enjoy spending hours in our brilliant library. My subjects are so varied and tailored to my interests that I have no hesitation in getting as involved as possible in my work. There is a great working ethos in the University, which is a great drive to do and be your best. 

I love that our lecturers are leading researchers in their areas - their own personal touches to lectures are incredible. You also get to hear about the world-changing research that goes on in the very same buildings you're working in!

There is a lot of work to do, but this is only to be expected from such a well-regarded university. Everything we learn is so interesting and state-of-the-art that working hard is actually an enjoyable experience."

The Medical School at Edinburgh is world renowned, so I knew my lectures would be of the highest quality, and given by some of the world’s leading researchers. 

Bethany Shiell4th year, Medical Science (BSc Hons)

My student experience

"I was drawn to Edinburgh as a city because of its beauty, primarily - the streets and buildings have a wonderful enchantment to them and it is a beautiful city to get lost in, at any time of the year.

The small size of the city only helps add to its charm, whilst the world-famous Christmas markets and wealth of tourist attractions are always great fun. It's a city full of history and magic which has the most amazing effect on you, and there's something of interest to everyone, no matter how niche. 

I partly chose the University of Edinburgh for its brilliant sports facilities, and because there are teams for all sports, for all abilities. I also love the fact that the University is very international, and I've made friends from every corner of the globe. 

I must have tried up to 10 different sports teams when I first arrived, which was great to get a taste of what the University has to offer. I never would have expected to be on an ultimate frisbee team but I'm so incredibly glad I found it! On the days we aren't training, we have the most impressive gym to keep us going! There really is something for everyone, which was one of the main reasons I chose this University. 

This year I'm also president of a society, and a cadet in the Officer Training Corps, and all the while getting a degree. The University offers so much in the way of extracurriculars that it's hard to pick just one. This is also great for my time management skills: an essential life skill. 

I love the small size of the city - it means getting around isn't difficult at all, and it adds to the old-fashioned charm of the place. It’s very easy to feel at home. It means friends, classes, and events are never far away, but Arthur's Seat and the Meadows are also right on your doorstep.

Edinburgh really doesn't feel like a capital city because there's so much room to breathe, whilst at the same time everything you need is never far at all."

I partly chose the University of Edinburgh for its brilliant sports facilities, and because there are teams for all sports, for all abilities

Bethany Shiell4th year, Medical Science (BSc Hons)

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My future

"After I graduate, I'd like to study medicine, and my degree has really helped prepare me for that. It has helped me explore exactly what it is that draws me to medicine, and has given me so many opportunities to build up my CV in the meantime.

There is a huge wealth of resources available to help with your career path, and meeting a lot researchers and doctors has really helped me understand medicine as a career, and affirmed my resolve to it.

My application process is hugely improved because of the time I have spent here, and I feel truly prepared for what my life as a doctor will bring."

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