What other student activities were you involved in at BL?
I LOVED being a part of BLSA and threw myself into the community and various groups from my first year. I was a member of the Women’s Hockey club (and Social Secretary), Lacrosse Club and Drama Society alongside my joint role of Entertainment’s Officer in the year prior to my election. I also worked at The Griff Inn from second year onwards and made the effort to get involved with ULU (now United Hospitals) Medgroup and Student Council.
Why did you run for BLSA President?
I genuinely thought I would be good at it! In my mind, being passionate about BLSA and driven to represent the students’ views were key qualities for the role and I definitely had both. Like many at Barts and The London, I was incredibly proud to be a part of the community and wanted to try and improve things, I’ve always taken the approach that if something’s not working for you, fix it – and I wanted the opportunity to try.
How did you find the role?
There was so much more depth to the role than I had realised. Yes, organizing Freshers and the Graduation Ceremonies are as stressful and rewarding as you’d expect; and bathing in the glory of a successful event is awesome. But for me, some of the best bits (and where I learned the most) came in the form of the academic and representative roles on the various medical school/university committees. You find yourself in the very strange position of spending a significant amount of time with a variety of incredibly talented and well-respected senior clinicians and School staff who all want to hear your ideas and opinions. I gained loads of experience in public speaking, presentation and managerial skills, as well as leadership skills (perhaps unsurprisingly, all things you will need if pursuing a career in the world of medicine).
Would you recommend it?
My year as BLSA President was simultaneously the most challenging and rewarding job I have had the pleasure of doing. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is considering it, but to go in with your eyes open… It is hard work for sure but like most things in life, you get out what you put in!