Halfway through first year

Vanessa Groom

Faculty: Medical Science
Department: Department of Allied Health
Course: BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
Category: Allied and public health

4 April 2018

The first few weeks of University were the most daunting yet exciting few weeks! Packed full of moving miles from home, making new friends, freshers fairs and events, and for the unlucky ones…freshers flu, the first few weeks seem to come and go in a flash!

Moving out of home to go to university isn’t necessarily everyone’s cup of tea, but I was in my element. I was lucky to find myself living with four other lovely girls (3 of which are studying paramedic science like me) and we instantly became great friends. Living on campus definitely comes with its benefits - you’re a 3 minute walk from your lectures, not far from Chelmsford town centre and you are living surrounded by hundreds of other people all in the same position as you in such a friendly atmosphere.

It didn’t take long for the honeymoon stage of freshers to wear off before we found ourselves knees deep into our first module-Preparation for Clinical Practice. We started getting to know the basics of the equipment, the skills tutors and becoming more confident in scenarios in skills labs (the first-time around is guaranteed to be awful so you just have to laugh and soon it becomes second nature).

The Christmas holiday came around in what felt like a flash and after handing in our first assignment it was definitely time to relax…and celebrate. Six weeks at home away from university and friends felt SO much longer than expected – I couldn’t wait to get back with my friends and start the next module to prepare us for placement in London.

We recently received our uniforms (possibly the most exciting part of the course so far) and our rotas for our first placement starting in April. Although I know I’ll never be completely prepared for everything my first placement will throw my way, I’m looking forward to the experience and getting out on the road. The biggest bit of advice I’ve been given is “enjoy yourself, and a smile goes a long way” and I’m pretty sure that’ll be the advice I give to the first year’s next year!

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