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Studying medicine

studying medicineHow many med students does it take to chisel someone's head off? Find out about the highs and lows of med school.

Kerry chose to study medicine at Sheffield University because she wanted a well-paid job and the chance to work abroad.

Here she talks about the first year of her course.

What was the best bit of your course?

My first dissection. We had quite a gradual build-up to it, but the first time we had to work on a whole body was a weird experience. It took four of us to chisel through the neck to get the head off. Urgh!

What has been the biggest challenge so far?

I was quite shy when I first came to uni and found the prospect of making new friends quite scary. However, I've met loads of great people since then – it's good having friends on your course as they can support you and have similar routines, but I do have friends on other courses which is nice for a change!

How do you cope with money?

I knew that my loan wouldn’t cover all my expenses so I get extra money from working in the student union bar a few evenings a week. I actually enjoy doing something that’s not related to medicine as I get to use different skills. It's a sociable job and shifts can be flexible. I block out that time from my studying schedule so it makes me more organised. It's hard not worrying about debt, but I know the student loan is the best way to borrow and I'll only pay off what I can afford, once I am earning.

Where do you live?

In halls. It was weird living that close to people I'd never met before but now I love it. It's good value and I can walk to and from my classes and job at uni.

Where will you be in 10 years?

Hopefully I'll be a GP, on my way to becoming a partner in my own practice. The money is good and the hours are easier to fit in with the rest of your life, especially if you want a family.

What do you wish you had known when you started university?

That I didn't need to worry about getting hold of expensive text books before the course. There might be one or two worth buying but you should wait to find out what's essential when you start. Otherwise, you can get what you want from the library for free or share with friends.

Kerry's top budgeting tip

Buy food in bulk and then make big meals that you can freeze and then heat them up when you're busy. It stops you from buying something expensive and unhealthy when you're hungry!

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