Annika Wilder-Smith talks about her experience of studying at Edinburgh and why she chose to study medicine with us.
My student experience
“I fell in love with Edinburgh when I first visited during the Fringe Festival. I had preconceived ideas that Edinburgh was small, quiet and 'boring', however I soon discovered its daily buzz and abundance of activities. Despite everyone warning me about its weather, I've found that the weather is mostly great! I also loved the fact that it carries so much history, and is also located right next to lots of green spaces and hills.
“I enjoy being more academically inquisitive, with a wide range of lectures to attend outside my course for pure interest. I enjoy the freedom of being able to join so many different societies and try things I've never done before. I enjoy my independence, but I’m also getting to know so many people (not just from my programme).
“Altogether it feels like I have more time for socialising and more time for myself. Each day is completely different, and there is always something to do. As a student you learn to be more spontaneous, as plans change every day, so you can't plan things weeks ahead.”
“The medical programme creates well-trained doctors through rigorous clinical teaching. We also take the Health, Ethics and Society (HES) module, which equips us with the ethical reasoning to become morally sound doctors and teaches us how to face difficult situations. It also teaches us about the global importance of health, and places things in context, so we don't focus just on the NHS.
“The main difference between school and university is that people aren't chasing you to do work, so you really have to learn self-discipline. On top of that, the medical course itself is very challenging, so you're expected to undertake independent learning.”
The medical programme creates well-trained doctors through rigorous clinical teaching. We also take the Health, Ethics and Society (HES) module, which equips us with the ethical reasoning to become morally sound doctors and teaches us how to face difficult situations.
“With Edinburgh's reputation, I am comforted that I will be guaranteed a job in the future.”