This post is slightly off topic, but I feel like it was a HUGE part of my university experience, so I’m going to ramble on about it a bit in this post. They say your university years are the best years of your life: honestly, after the disappointment I had had on A-level results day, I felt highly doubtful about where I was headed. But, 4 years later as a graduate, I can definitely agree with the above statement. Not only did the University of Surrey open me to a whole new field outside of practical Medicine, but it also gifted me with the best of friends – priceless.
I have formed friendships I couldn’t have dreamed of making elsewhere – in fact I met my best friend on my first day at Surrey and even though we’ve only known each other for 4 years, you would think we’ve grown up together. She’s the Meredith Grey to my Cristina Yang (yes, I’m referring to myself as Yang because who doesn’t want to be as badass as her!). I could devote this entire post to our friendship but that would be horrendously creepy and I’m sure my friend would be the only one to appreciate it, so I won’t XD.
I realise I’m starting to sound like a nostalgic old granny/immature hormonal teenager, and you’re probably wondering, what on earth does this have to do with applying to Medicine?! So let me try and tie it all together for you.
What I’m trying to say is that the people you surround yourself with are a reflection of who you are and what you make of yourself. Reflecting on my sixth form years, I realise that some of the people I associated myself with were bad distractions – that is not in any way to blame or belittle those people (I am still very close to a select few of my high school girlfriends), but, in comparison to the people I am now friends with, the difference is massive. For example, one of my closest university friends has been my absolute rock when it comes to studying and knuckling down to work, she’s not afraid to be brutally honest with me and the two of us have pushed each other and challenged each other over the past years in a healthy competition that has only driven us to success. THOSE are the friendships that matter, the people who respect your decision to work hard and push you to new heights rather than putting pressure on you to keep up appearances.
Here’s a quote that couldn’t be more accurate:
“If you wanna find out who’s a true friend, screw up or go through a challenging time…then see who sticks around.” – Karen Salmonsohn