Congratulations, you’ve got an offer! You’re probably over the moon and very rightly so, but as I’m sure you already know, the application journey isn’t over just yet. There are still things for you to be doing and here are some of those…
The university you applied to may be holding offer holder days. These are basically days inviting applicants to come and look around the facilities, experience some aspects on the course and meet other students.
In my one of my offer holder days I was able to have a go at a mock PBL and try out some consultation skills with simulated patients, there were also some talks and Q&A sessions.
Offer holder days are definitely worth going to because they really help with getting a feel of what the course and university environment are like, as well as the course structure.
Even if you’re certain you’re going to “firm” your offer, you should still go for the day as it is also an opportunity to meet a lot of you potential peers – there are quite a few people I know now from my offer holder day!
The deadline for making the decisions on UCAS is 1st of May, but you’ll want to submit your choices as soon as you know.
Go to those offer holder days, talk to students, have a search about what the university is like to help you. You may have different grade requirements which could also sway you.
Remember that you have to place a “firm” and an optional “insurance” choice. If you do choose to select an insurance, make sure the grade requirements are lower than that of the firm so it can serve its purpose.
If you have only received one offer for Medicine, you may want to think about whether you want to place your 5th choice as your insurance or whether you’d prefer to leave it blank.
After you’ve made accepted an offer, you’ll usually be able to apply for university accommodation. This varies from uni to uni, some even allow you to apply for accommodation if you’ve placed them as your insurance choice. However, be aware that there are usually deadlines associated with applying so do get on top of it as soon as possible!
Most universities offer accommodation tours and there’s always plenty on information available on their websites about the different places you can stay. You may want to talk to current students as they’ll be able to give you a true picture of what a certain accommodation is like, convenience, distance from the university etc. Here’s some advice on picking accommodation.
Whilst you will have a few little details to sort out (as listed above), it’s imperative that you are not distracted from getting those grades. This is arguably the most important part of the application as it can make or break everything you’ve worked for up until now. Make sure to sort out any problematic topics, summarise everything down to make it easier to learn (here are some notes for Biology and Chemistry) and then focus on past papers!
Whilst it’s important to not allow your future prospects to distract you too much, a little bit of thought and celebration regarding your achievement can’t harm. It’s also worth thinking about what on offer could mean, what university life might be like to serve as a motivator for you to plough through those A-level exams!
Congratulations on getting this far! Fingers crossed you’ll all get over this final hurdle!
Masumah is a 2nd year medical student at the University of Manchester. She writes a blog documenting her experience of medical school and gives tips to aspiring medics: lifeofamedic.com
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