Hello, my name is Joanne Rose and I’m a second year medical student!

At 2:30 on Friday 27th July 2018, I opened my results from my exams and found that I had passed and made it through into second year! I went for a lovely dinner to celebrate in the evening with my Mum – you can see a couple of pictures over on my instagram!OK

Having to resit my written exams this year was tough, and I wouldn’t wish it on anybody! That being said, it makes passing exams feel even more of an achievement. Failure hurts… and it can be really difficult to pick yourself back up again, and revise for another 2 and a half weeks after 3 months of revision. I don’t know how I did it, but somehow I did and for that I am so grateful.

I think having to resit has made me stronger in a way. So many people have told me that everyone fails at some point in their medical careers, and in a weird way, first year is the best time. I think it hurts the most in a way, because we’re all still on that high of actually being in med school, and even though we’ve been studying medicine for a year, it all still feels very new to us.

All of that put aside, my head and heart aches for those who didn’t pass their resits and are either resitting first year, or are being asked to leave. I really wish there was something I could do to help them, to make them hurt less, to just do something.

Thank you all for your lovely messages, before exams, during and after – your support means the world to me, so thank you so so much!


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