Tadpoles striving to become frogs
Dilini Kalupahana remembers starting medical school and being a “first year”
“Oh my God!” No, it's not Helen from Big Brother screaming her ditsy blonde head off again, but that was all I could come up with on opening my A level results. I'd made it, Cardiff Medical School, here I come! I was going to be a real doctor.
I'm sure a lot of you reading this will have forgotten just what that feels like; I certainly had but it all came flooding back when what seemed like five minutes later, my first year at the University of Wales College of Medicine was over. It was around then that I began to recall just what made us first years first years, those expectant and nervous days before beginning, the swell of pride on being given a badge that said “medical student,” the realisation that people would treat us with respect and admiration as we trained to become the nation's healers.