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Hi everyone! My name is Thari and I'm applying for graduate-entry medicine, a four year course for which I only get partly funded. I need your help because I'm not eligible for student loans to cover the £4000 a year left to pay for the course, let alone for accommodation and living fees.
I'm studying Biology in Sheffield but I live in London. I've always wanted to do medicine and even had an offer to study undergraduate medicine, but unfortunately missed out on the grade. It was a real knock on my confidence, but I knew that medicine was the only course/career I wanted to choose. It took a while to get back on track, but I continued to do work experience, study, and search for universities which would take me on for graduate-entry medicine. I had to be careful about their entry requirements because I knew that I didn't have the A levels which a lot of other applicants would have, but I was determined to try again anyway. Since my university exams have ended I've been studying tirelessly for my UKCAT exam, after which I need to continue studying for my GAMSAT exam in September. It has been frustrating to see everyone else enjoy their summers and have a break whilst I'm studying, but I won't let that demotivate me.
The one thing which I cannot tackle with motivation and hard work alone is the funding for the course. With cuts to NHS and increasing student costs, I fall under the threshold for a full student loan but above the threshold for a bursary. I've already had to pay over £300 on UKCAT and GAMSAT alone, and I've really taken a blow to my savings. After failing to get into medicine the first time, I'm so determined to not let this stop me now. My one goal in my life so far has been to study medicine so that I can help people lead a better life. It sounds corny, but if you help me, even with just a small donation, I'll be one step closer to achieving my dream.