UCLan Neuroscience graduate, Abbie Tutt, has excelled in her field to gain a place at Warwick Medical School.
Since Abbie read a teenage neuroscience book when she was 13, her love for neuroscience has grown. Abbie wanted to find out more about what makes our brains work and how things can go wrong and she knew that one day she wanted to treat those with brain injuries.
Abbie gained a place on the course through the Clearing process after deciding to study at UCLan because she liked the idea of the University being a mix of campus and city centre living. This meant everywhere was within walking distance. Abbie was also keen to use the brain imaging facility at the University.
Following her graduation in 2018, Abbie was delighted to get a place at Warwick Medical School to study a four-year course in graduate entry Medicine. It is an intensive course with lectures, 9am to 5pm most days and even a placement at the local hospital on a Friday. So far, Abbie has seen some patients on the ward and is slowly getting to grips with performing clinical examinations.
Looking back on her time at UCLan, Abbie made the most of her time at the University, actively taking part in campus life. She was a Student Ambassador and got involved in many activities such as the drama society, science outreach, working in the Young Scientist Centre and at the Lancashire Science Festival. These opportunities have resulted in Abbie working out how to incorporate STEM outreach into her degree and career and she is hoping to run an outreach day at Warwick Medical School with the experience gained from her degree.
Speaking about her course, Abbie said: “One memorable experience was getting to shadow a neurosurgeon for two weeks in the second year of my degree in which I saw a human brain for the very first time. That moment has stayed with me throughout as I hope to pursue this career. I only managed to secure this as I was studying Neuroscience so I was incredibly grateful to be studying at UCLan at that point.”
On a personal note, Abbie has gained more confidence and now feels like a completely different person to what she was at the beginning of her degree.
When asked if she has any advice for current students and graduates, Abbie said: “Take every opportunity that comes your way and if none come your way go and find them. Try and seek out opportunities that will help you with what you want to do in life.”
Abbie continued: “Taking a big step can be scary, but when you start you will realise just how far you’ve come and how much better you will make yourself. I would always recommend tailoring your degree to things that interest you by picking the modules you find most exciting.”
30 April 2019