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Profile: Sachin Thenparachacko


Exeter Scholars South West Pathway 2016–2018

Subject Activity Strand: Medical Professions

Now studying: BMBS Medicine

"When I applied to study Medicine at university, Exeter Scholars provided me with a mock interview day which mimicked the actual interview in order to give me good practice for the actual one. It was helpful that they had current students there to give first-hand experiences of their interview days. Another really big thing that I enjoyed about Exeter Scholars was the opportunity to meet new people; they really emphasise the importance of social skills and it was wonderful to meet people applying to the same course as me so that we could share ideas and thoughts with each other. It really helped with the stress of exam times!

One of the main things I have learnt from taking part in Exeter Scholars is that university is a much friendlier and more supportive place than I initially thought. Everyone is helpful and people genuinely care about your wellbeing and want you to succeed. I have also learnt the importance of socialising and making new friends through the Exeter Scholars programme.

Exeter Scholars concreted my decision to study Medicine at Exeter as I got to explore the unique teaching methods, such as problem-based learning, through taster days provided by Exeter Scholars. They also provided days which were focussed on essay writing and the skills needed to further develop researching, which were really useful.

If you are thinking of applying to the Exeter Scholars programme, in all honesty my top tip would be to not hesitate and just apply! It has been the most useful thing I have ever done for my university application, the benefits are huge and I can guarantee that each individual will reap the rewards of the programme, whether it be the grade reduction or personal statement help."