Neuroscience graduate Abbie Tutt tells us about her student experience and pursuing a career in Medicine
BSc (Hons) Neuroscience, 2018
University of Central Lancashire Neuroscience graduate, Abbie Tutt, has excelled in her field to gain a place at a prestigious medical school, as well as gaining vital experience during the Coronavirus pandemic.
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. From this young age, she knew that one day she wanted to treat those with brain injuries.
Abbie gained a place on the School of Psychology course through the Clearing process after deciding to study at the University of Central Lancashire, 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.
Looking back on her time at University, Abbie made the most of her time, 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.
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.”
Following graduation, Abbie was delighted to get a place at Warwick Medical School to study a four-year course in graduate entry Medicine.
Abbie’s studies and placement have recently been impacted on due to the Coronavirus pandemic. At the start of the outbreak, Abbie was withdrawn from placement and deployed to a local general district hospital in their A & E department to help out with patients, who are Covid-19 negative. Her role mainly consisted of doing cannulas, making cups of tea, taking patient histories and carrying out examinations.
Abbie explained “It's been nice to have the chance to chat with patients who are not allowed to have family members in with them who just needed a bit of reassuring”. Alongside her shifts at the hospital, Abbie has taken a different approach to her studies and decided to give herself smaller daily targets, which she found more manageable given the exceptional circumstances.
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.”
Abbie is still close to her friends who she met at UCLan and during lockdown they held a pub quiz in honour of their favourite Preston pub.