London Calling

As you can all probably guess by the title of this post, I am off to London in a couple of weeks. Now I know I’m not actually there yet, but I am extremely excited. It’s going to be my 18th birthday on the 11th December so I want to do something memorable, and seeing that I’ve only been sightseeing in London once, it seemed fitting. I also got a little bit philosophical and felt awful that I’d been abroad more times than I had seen the capital city of my home country. Shockingly unpatriotic!

I’ve decided that I want to shop all day and only stop to gorge myself with delicious food and champagne (I can’t go without alcohol on my eighteenth birthday can I?). I’ll be visiting all of the typical destinations; Harrods, Selfridges, Oxford Road, Piccadilly Circus, the list goes on…

My main aim will be to find a really nice bag. It’ll probably be hard work, seeing as I have been searching the internet for months and having absolutely no luck at all. However, I’m set on wandering around until I find one that I like because my mum has promised to buy me the perfect bag. Shame I can’t seem to decide what my perfect bag is!

So, if any of you wonderful people can recommend anywhere nice to shop, any good brands to look at, or any lovely places I can find a Champagne lunch or delicious dinner, let me know in the comments below please! I’ll love you for it.

Oh, and in other news, I haven’t been posting much in the last month because I’ve been super busy with college work. Apparently I’ve actually got a chance of getting into medicine so my teachers have been working really hard to give me mock interviews for university and also tried to help me perfect my applications. After about four weeks of sitting and waiting to hear back, I finally heard from one of the universities and I now have an interview in January! Exciting times. And I also lost 6lb!

.: Emily :.
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Clich├ęs and opinions

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In a matter of months I’m going to have to sit down in front of some extremely scary, important and intimidating people in order to prove myself. I’ll have to show them just how brilliant I am (or pretend to be anyway) and why I would be the most perfect doctor in the whole world (or a pretty good one anyway). They’ll ask about my interests, my opinions on current health matters, and how quick I can be at problem solving. And that might sound easy – just be who you really are – but it’s never that simple.

These people are going to want certain answers – because who wants a murderous doctor? But they will also want me to think for myself, to give original opinions, to be myself. Now you see why it’s going to be hard?

So my dilemma; how on earth am I ever going to prepare for these dreaded medical school interviews?!

So my opinion on assisted suicide. I truly believe that assisted suicide should be allowed. How is it fair to stop those who want to die, who are suffering of a terminal illness (and are going to die anyway), from dying? There will be some people who say that life is not ours to take, but we are the ones having to live it, so why shouldn’t it be up to us? I know that this is a touchy subject, but if we don’t start to talk about it, then things are never going to change.

Convincing enough?

Well, that was just me, being me. Hopefully that’ll be enough, because I don’t think I’ll be able to pull anything else off along with all the nerves on the day. And then again, I wouldn’t want to put on too much of a show like some medical school candidates. The interviewers would find out in the end.

So my plan is to just be myself. Cliche? Definitely. But do I care? No.

.: Emily :.
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Signing off my life

This last week has been the most hectic I’ve had in a long time. I’ve had to finish my UCAS application – in which my personal statement was torn to shreds three times – and actually decide on a list of four universities I want to apply to. This might sound like a piece of cake, but for anyone else who has gone through this process, you’ll agree with me when I say; IT DEFINITELY IS NOT A PIECE OF CAKE! Now that it’s all done though, you would think that I actually have a little bit of time to relax before more hard work kicks in.

But that isn’t the case.

Now comes the US Common Application to fill in, along with the work I’ve not done whilst I’ve been filling out my UCAS application. I know, I know; I’ll stop moaning now. Rant over.

Deciding where to go to university hasn’t been an easy choice. Although studying medicine limits the universities to about 31 in total, the entrance requirements are all very similar, so it’s really been a matter of picking the prettiest places out there. I’ve picked two in Scotland and two down south (anywhere other than the North-West is absolutely fine with me!).

But then my number one out of all of them is Ireland! I am so determined to go and study in Dublin because it’s all a part of my heritage. I discovered over the summer that I am actually an Irish citizen; meaning that I will qualify for free fees (I know, crazy!!). Also, the accent is so so so so perfect and I love love love love it!

However, I also have the US to consider too – places like Yale and Harvard – but it’s just so damned expensive! Just to apply it’s going to be about $1000 dollars, and that isn’t including all of the entrance exams. See my problem? It just seems a bit pointless to apply when I’m so keen on going to Ireland.

So now all I can do is wait and see. Wish me luck!

.: Emily :.
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