You’ve spent the last year working hard on your Medicine application and your A-Levels, so now it’s finally time to relax and enjoy yourself!
Take time for yourself, throw yourself into your favourite hobbies and interests, and spend plenty of time with your friends and family. Once you start your new adventure at Medical School, you will have a lot less spare time – so make the most of it now and use the summer to unwind.
Try exploring new places – whether they’re abroad or in the UK. Not only is it great to visit new cities and meet new people, but it’s also good to get used to being away from home because it will prepare you for university.
If you’re super keen, you could even visit your university city to get a taste of it and familiarise yourself with the area.
You’ve just spent the past few months with your head stuck in textbooks, so there’s no need to read anything heavy during your summer break. However, there are plenty of Medicine-related books that you might want to read to prepare for Medical School and get more of an insight into what being a Doctor is like.
Doing some casual reading over the summer will keep your mind engaged and hopefully get you feeling excited about your future in Medicine.
Getting a summer job or volunteering is a productive and valuable way to spend your time.
If you’re working, you can earn some money (which will come in handy at university!) and if you’re volunteering, you will likely gain some new skills. It will also give your summer a bit of structure to have somewhere you need to be at particular times, and this will help to get you in the right mindset for your studies at Medical School.
You will need to be independent at university, so use the summer to brush up on any vital skills you might be lacking. For example, if you don’t do a lot of cooking at home, now is the time to learn how to make some simple meals.
You will be busy as a medical student, so it’s a good idea to get into the habit of cooking, cleaning and doing the washing up. This will set you on the right path for a smooth transition to university – and your parents will probably appreciate it too!
If you want to get a taster of what Medical School is like during the summer, or experience medical work in a real hospital setting, learn more about Medicine summer schools.
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