So y’all asked for details about the interview.. Story so interesting eh? This is another #StoryTimeSari
so buckle up!
1️⃣ It is the 22nd of August, 2016 at St. George’s University of London. I am led to this dimly lit interview setting (shown above).. I wanted this more than anything I’ve ever wanted in my life. I’m sure every other applicant wanted it that day, I just wanted it that bit more! 🤫
2️⃣ Standard MMI - 8 stations. It all comes down to this - it was reported that about 3,200 students had applied for them remaining 40-50 spots that year, a 1 in 80 chance of getting your last ticket to Medicine that year. I was not planning to waste this golden opportunity! 🤓
3️⃣ First station, first question I am asked is ‘Why should we accept you at this university?’ Woah.. I’d prepared the answer to ‘Why Medicine?’ Fine, adjust your answer Sari.. Not a problem, you still got this! After about 2 minutes of talking, the interviewer in front of me seemed convinced.. I really had no clue what was running in her mind. I hope I left a good impression. Waved off some other questions and all was great! ☺️
4️⃣ The other stations focused on some skills that an individual must have as a physician. I had prepared for all sorts of questions. Everything is going smoothly, slipped up on the role play but that’s just one station, you still got this. Another good answer, good response, getting there! 🤔
5️⃣ I enter my last station and a nice lady wearing a headscarf is my interviewer. I walk up to her and as we were taught, try to shake her hand - she refuses. I am shook, can she fail me for that? Surely not, collect yourself and answer the question.. you still got this. Ahh the standard ‘Which of these would you pick and why?’ questions. I start dissecting each choice and provide my reasoning! 🧕🏼
6️⃣ Time for that station comes to a close. Wait stupid, apologise. It is your chance to redeem yourself. ‘I am sorry I tried to shake your hand!’ ‘Thanks!’ Well that went better than you thought it would. Let’s get the hell out of here now please.. Two days later, I get the email of all emails and I’ve still got flagged in my inbox. Game, set and match! 🎾