Why I Travelled 2,000 Miles To Study Medicine In Bulgaria
Posted by absmalik on April 15th, 2020
The year was 2015 and I had just completed my A level exams which classify me as a high school graduate at the time. I had always wanted to study medicine and pursue a career as a doctor. However, I faced some problems in my home country. For starters, it is way too competitive to get a place at university for medicine in the UK. For every 1 place, there are 100 students ready to fight for it. So unless you are an exceptionally bright student and have a bit of luck, it is extremely difficult to get into your dream career. My failed attempt is what led to finding a creative solution, to study medicine in Bulgaria!
I could have taken a few different routes. I could have taken a year out and applied again the following year. The problem with that was I would have to waste a whole year of my life and there was no guarantee I would get a place in the next year's cohort.
I could have studied a different degree that could act as a foundation to graduate entry medicine. However, this would again, mean no guarantee at the end and would potentially mean risking 3 years of my life. Seemed worse than the first option.
The final choice, to study something else entirely and forget about medicine. Fortunately for me, I wasn't ready to give up on my dream!
Learning about studying medicine abroad was totally random. I saw an ad about a company that was recruiting students like myself who wanted to study medicine and couldn't make it in the UK. They promised to help me find a place in Bulgaria and eventually I settled for Plovdiv Medical University. Fast forward to 2020, I am now in my final year of university and I have to say, this has been the most bizarre and exhilarating experience of my life.
Let us go over some of the benefits:
Now its, not all sunshine and roses! Having to move abroad requires a lot of motivation and sacrifice. It is not an easy task. The company that "helped" me apply to the university certainly did not make it any easier. So I decided to start my own company called MedConnect Europe, an agency that helps students like me study medicine in Europe in English. My ultimate goal is to help students like I would have wanted to be helped when I was 18 and looking to study abroad. Making sure that students aren't left alone and have a helping hand at all time!
Well, I will be graduating soon and will start working as a doctor. I hope if there are others who also want to take the leap to study medicine, they should definitely look into options abroad as it can be very beneficial!Also See: Study Medicine, My Life, Study Abroad, Move Abroad, Study, My, Medicine
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