Jack – studying Arts/Graduate Medicine
When I finished school I knew I wanted to go to uni but I still wasn’t sure which areas of study I wanted to do or which field of work I wanted my career to be in. Read more about how I got to Sydney Uni.
I can talk to you about:
- the Elite Athlete Program – what it is and how to apply
- how to get into Medicine
- Study Abroad program – studying overseas.
Q&A with Jack
Who are the five people you would most like to meet?
Natalie Portman, Usain Bolt, Nelson Mandela, Kelly Slater and Albus Dumbledore.
Where would you like to work after you finish your studies?
I think a career as a doctor is as fulfilling as it can get and I’d love to be an expert in one specific field.
Would you rather be Harry Potter or Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and why?
Harry Potter because he may have 99 problems but a snitch ain’t one.
What is your favourite place in the whole world?
Sydney’s Northern Beaches in summer.
Any tips for getting through the HSC?
Don’t remove all the fun from your life, otherwise it could be a bit overwhelming.
After toying with the idea of studying undergraduate medicine somewhere I decided instead to keep my options open and my degree general, enrolling in a Bachelor of Liberal Studies (International) at the University of Sydney and choosing a variety of psychology, philosophy, linguistics and French units of study just to keep it interesting and my future open!
Four years down the track I am more sure than ever that medicine is the path I want to pursue so the new life plan starts with Graduate Medicine here at the University of Sydney.
Throughout my degree Sydney Uni has been awesome in offering a multitude of great opportunities. Perhaps the most fulfilling for me have been living on campus at St Andrews College, playing AFL for the Sydney Uni AFL Club as part of the Elite Athlete Program and studying abroad in Bergen, Norway for one semester as part of my degree.
Living on at St Andrew's College, with the help of a residential scholarship was a great part of my university experience. I found it enjoyable and fulfilling to live on campus with 250 fellow students from all over the world. The social environment and academic support of St Andrew's is awesome and I absolutely loved the sporting and extracurricular scene that came with it.
Sport has always been a major part of my life and studying at Sydney Uni was the best thing I could have done both for the support it gave in my attempts to reach the next level and also for the bonds it allows you to form within a club and within the uni.
The Elite Athlete Program is a top class initiative that not only provides generous (and much-needed) financial support to athletes studying at Sydney Uni but also a variety of other services that really help the vast array of elite athletes perform at their peak and reach their full potential on a local and international level.
The Sydney Uni AFL club (like many other sporting organisations at Sydney Uni) is a great environment that caters for the social sportsman/woman and provides a fun club atmosphere.
Perhaps the single most fulfilling experience of my uni life was my semester abroad studying in Bergen, Norway in Semester 1, 2011. The links Sydney Uni holds with leading universities all around the world means that many students have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to live and study overseas and have the credit count towards their degree here in Sydney.
Norway was a real shock to the system at first, especially flying in from a Sydney summer into a -30 degrees Norwegian winter. However, the friends I made and the travel experiences I had allowed me to grow and mature more than I could have imagined. The time I spent overseas was awesome and something I will never forget.
So, four years later, I am graduating at last and look forward to the next step: Graduate Medicine. It is going to be a long haul but I know it will all be worth it.