Rasagnya Gurung

Country: India
Sector: Higher Education
Job title: Graduate entry Medicine student
Subject of study: Medical Sciences (Hons in Neuroscience)
Year of graduation: 2019
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

Swansea University

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

I left Exeter in 2019 and am now in my final year of GEM at Swansea University.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

I’ve always been keen on doing Medicine because it provides the perfect mix of clinical knowledge, critical thinking and leadership. After spending three years studying Medical Sciences and being exposed to the sciences underlying the human body, my desire to study medicine was reinforced. What I enjoy the most about my work is the opportunity to learn something new everyday whilst engaging in meaningful interactions with patients. It’s a privilege to be a part of patients’ lives during crucial moments.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

Exeter University Cheerleading and Gymnastics Club

Exeter Wine Society

Exeter University Boob Team.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

I thoroughly enjoyed the PBL aspect of my program as it gave me the opportunity to practice independent learning. The consolidation at the end of the week helped cement concepts much better. My biggest highlight at Exeter was my dissertation. I did my dissertation on ‘Neural correlates of visual working memory’ and thoroughly enjoyed working on it. The pastoral support I received was fantastic and I was able to work on a project I was very passionate about. I ended up receiving a first for the module which in itself was very rewarding!

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

I enjoyed the excellent work life balance that Exeter allowed me to hone!

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

I chose to study at Exeter due to its reputation for academic excellence. Furthermore, the campus is at a wonderful location with a lot to explore!

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

The ability to prioritise appropriately is crucial in a career in Medicine, along with resilience. Juggling societies and university work have helped me excel in Medicine.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Think hard about why you want to do medicine and if it’s a sustainable life for you. It’s a very challenging degree and an even more challenging career. Don’t do it because 16 year old wanted to do it, do it because you want to do it right now. Lastly, don’t be disheartened by rejections and keep working towards your dream!

What are your plans for the future?

I graduate in 2023 and will be working as a junior doctor.


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