Graduate Interviews 2016 | Edinburgh Medical School | The University of Edinburgh
Oh it feels wonderful to graduate, it was a long – it actually went very quickly but it was a bit of a journey and a very growthful journey inbetween. Well I studied distance education – I actually live in Canada so it was a wonderful programme. I felt that it really met my needs for what I was looking for. Studying in Edinburgh was fantastic because I came today for my convocation and I was able to visit Edinburgh for the very first time. It’s an amazing city. I got to meet all my classmates that were only two dimensional before that on our webcams. But it’s great to meet them as people and to share our experience together here in Edinburgh. Studying in Edinburgh – the university itself is a very reputable university and the city of Edinburgh is a very very lovely city. And the international mix in the university makes me feel comfortable, to find that I have or share a family with all other people who are all other nationalities. It’s great to be here. Actually it’s a great feeling to come back to Edinburgh again and to attend the graduation for such a great university and it was such a great traditional ceremony. It was a unique experience. I’ve been doing the Masters in Clinical Trials course, which is a three year, postgraduate part-time course. It’s absolutely perfect, the format, for busy working parents and people who work 9 to 5 Monday to Friday, who have children and you can fit it in around that schedule, and you know, attend your lectures at home, on your own personal computer. You can pick things up and drop them as you like and make sure you’re working your way through. It’s been really really good. Yeah, so I think engage with your peers as much as you possibly can in the online forums. Work with them, set up if you like separate chances to speak to one another, over the phone and your tutors and you’ll be absolutely fine. It was the international basis of it actually, communicating with people from abroad and seeing their perspective on what’s important in their countries and how they perceive other countries and their healthcare systems as well. Keep your network around you to help you, never be afraid to say “I need help” and just ask for it. I feel like I’m on top of the world! I feel very good. Thanks to my teachers. I can use this material for my day to day experience and in fact I got real hands on results which is the most important part of this study. Please join in and make sure you attend all the classes, don’t miss anything, even if you think it might not be relevant for you but every single lecture and discussion is very important. Make sure you contribute to that group. And hope for the best. Wonderful! I wasn’t quite expecting all the pomp and ceremony but it was pretty spectacular and it’s my first time in Edinburgh for my graduation so you really feel part of the Edinburgh team. I think it’s the fact that you can plan your own work and that you can time it, I think that was the advantage of being online. Access to the library! Yeah access to all the knowledge. I suppose I can find it via my work and I’ve signed up for some papers and things but what I will miss the most I think is I want to say the drive and the push of it – to research topics. Now I have to do it out of my own self as opposed to doing it for an assignment and that’s a slightly different pressure so I will miss that. I think it’s probably the interaction I had with my supervisor actually throughout the three years . It really made me feel involved and part of the course because I think the problem with distance learning is sometimes you feel quite isolated and you don’t feel like a student so I found that really encouraging. I think that’s probably one of my highlights. Even though I was far away there was a sense of community and I was quite proud actually to be part of the University of Edinburgh for the last three or four years and I also will miss the interaction I had with my supervisors. I found it really really supportive. Yeah I’ll miss her actually! I think really use the online resources to guide your studying. I wish I’d done that a little bit more. And also the advice that’s being given by your tutors, utilise that and especially the resources they advise you to use because the University has got fantastic online resources with their library. I think it’s very useful and that’s what I’d probably recommend.