Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Medical School | Fifth Year Begins...

Back to University Bag and Noteback

Somehow it's happened. I've actually made it to the fifth and final year of my medical degree and I'm trying not to focus too much on the fact that it's now less than a year until I begin work as a junior doctor...

Despite the terror of finals and the fact that this year is all about preparing to be actual real life responsible doctors, I was looking forward to coming back and getting started. In some ways, this year has the potential to be the best one so far. This is meant to be the year that we start doing what we've been training for over the last few years. We're the nearest we've ever been to becoming doctors and will be working closely with the healthcare staff to deliver care to patients, learning and practising the skills necessary for the coming years. 

Oh also, this is everyone's last year in Bristol and I've got a huge list of things to see/ experience/ eat/ visit with my time left here. So hopefully there's going to be some fun fitted around the exams!

I arrived back to my flat on Sunday afternoon - fitting in a mini-shopping trip and the obligatory 'back-to-uni' supermarket stock up. Mum rather generously supplied me with plenty of delicious M&S goodies! 

Marks and Spencers bottled sparkling juices and biscuits

We'd had some work done at the flat over the summer and our wonderful landlady popped round with a beautiful bunch of flowers and a card to say thanks for putting up with the work and having all our things moved about! (It was really no trouble at all being about a hundred miles away!) I then spent Sunday evening watching hot air balloons drifting past my window while summarising fairy tales with my primary school teacher friend. If only every evening could be so simple...

Orchids in vase on table
Coming home to fresh flowers is the best! These will hopefully look even more beautiful once they open

Five hot air balloons in sky
With these passing so regularly at the moment, I need to invest in a decent camera!

First day back involved a leisurely 9.15am start - it's usually been somewhere between 8.00 and 8.30 in previous years, so they seem to be treating us final years well so far! After a morning of introductory lectures and post-summer catch up conversations, I headed to Bills for lunch with a couple of friends. We took advantage of the £9.95 two course lunch deal and I enjoyed a delicious crunchy kale salad with quinoa and avocado, and an indulgent warm chocolate brownie.

Bills Restaurant crunchy green kale salad

We then got straight into the year with an afternoon of palliative care lectures, an important topic that will be the theme of this week. I then spent the evening sorting out various admin (like TV licences and council tax exemptions... joy) and cooking dinner with my flatmate.

As much as I loved the freedom and relaxation of the long summer holiday, it's really not so bad to return. I'm already back beside my window watching the evening sun go down over the city while more hot air balloons slowly meander across the sky. Bristol, it's good to be back. Bring it on, fifth year...



  1. I'm returning for my fourth and final year in less than two weeks and I'm kind of nervous! Being away for the year meant I've bigged up Leeds and I'm worried that I'm going to get back and be like oh, actually, final year is all work work work. Fingers crossed I can get some fun stuff in as well! I also got my timetable and was complaining about having my first 9am start since I've been at uni... I must epitomise a lazy humanities student! I guess I'm just not used to it, but I'm looking forward to the hard work in a way. Good luck with the first few weeks!

    Imogen // imogenscribbles.co.uk

    1. I hope your final year goes well! And that the 9am starts aren't too strenuous ;)

  2. Your degree sounds so much more exciting than mine! I'm not back til the 28th so still enjoying my break, but I'm super excited to get back. I have a lovely house next year, great housemates so I just can't wait to see out my final year! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

    1. I'm sure every degree has it's excitement, but I won't deny that medicine is certainly a lot of fun despite the work! I hope you have a fabulous final year, sounds like you're set to do so! X

  3. Good luck for your last year!!! My last year is next year and I'm generally terrified...

    1. Thank you! Haha, I go through many periods of denial to deal with the terror!

  4. Good luck withy our final year, I think you're going to be amazing. You are such a kind hearted, warm person - if I ever get placed into your hands, I will feel completely safe. Also, enjoy the final year as a student, I miss it already! xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

    1. Thank you so much, that means a lot! :)xx

  5. Good luck with your final year - it will all be worth it soon! I too am going into my last year and I am so sad about it ending!
    Abbie xx
    Another Student Blog

  6. Aaw how time flies. All the best for your finally year Jenny. Hope it goes well for you. Im sure you will make a brilliant doctor. :)



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