Farah found the competition through a simple Google search

What made you decide to submit an essay for the competition?

“Submitting my essay to the Immerse essay competition was a deeply rewarding experience. Expressing my passion for medicine, I believe, not only demonstrated my commitment but also showcased my eagerness to learn and contribute. If awarded, the program would significantly enrich my applications and CV, providing hands-on experience that goes beyond traditional academics.

This opportunity aligns perfectly with my aspirations, enhancing my qualifications and positioning me as a dedicated and well-rounded candidate in the competitive field of medicine.”

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The first step is to choose a question that resonates with you

How did you decide which essay question to answer?

“In selecting the essay question, I carefully assessed which prompt resonated most with my experiences, values and aspirations in medicine. Choosing the question that allowed me to authentically express my passion and showcase relevant achievements was crucial. I aimed to present a compelling narrative that not only addressed the prompt effectively but also highlighted my unique perspective and commitment to the field.

The support provided by Immerse through their guide, webinars, and frequent emails proved invaluable during my essay writing process. The guide offered a structured approach, clarifying key elements. Webinars enriched my understanding with practical insights, fostering a more nuanced perspective. The frequent emails, containing tips and reminders, ensured I stayed on track. This comprehensive support not only enhanced the quality of my essay but also underscored Immerse’s commitment to assisting applicants, making the entire experience more guided and constructive.”

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A genuine interest in your subject will help you to write your essay

Can you tell us about your essay-writing process?

“My essay-writing process was a meticulous journey that spanned several months. I began with extensive research, delving into the topic and engaging in insightful conversations with doctors to deepen my understanding. This groundwork was crucial in shaping my perspective. The drafting phase involved translating my insights into a coherent narrative, a process I found enjoyable due to my passion for the subject. After crafting the initial draft, I made multiple revisions, refining the content for clarity and impact. Seeking feedback from peers and professionals, I incorporated valuable insights before the final edits. The collaborative proofreading process ensured a polished and compelling essay.

While time-consuming, I didn’t find it challenging, as my genuine interest in the topic fuelled the entire journey.”

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How did you react when you found out that you had been granted a scholarship?

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Upon learning that I had been granted the scholarship, happiness washed over me. Anticipating the course with excitement, I couldn’t help but feel a profound sense of accomplishment. The realisation that my efforts had been acknowledged fueled my enthusiasm for the upcoming opportunities in the medical summer program. This moment not only validated my commitment but also heightened my anticipation for the enriching experiences that awaited”

The first step is to choose a question that resonates with you

How did you decide which essay question to answer?

Participating in the Immerse residential program was nothing short of transformative – easily the best two weeks of my life. The program provided not just an academic experience but a platform to forge international connections and lifelong friendships. Engaging in the immersive learning environment, especially the medicine-focused sessions, was intellectually stimulating. The diverse perspectives from fellow participants added depth to my understanding of the field.

Beyond the classroom, the program organised remarkable excursions, contributing to a holistic learning experience. Exploring new places and cultures alongside like-minded peers created lasting memories. The emphasis on practical learning was exemplified through a personal project within a journal club, allowing me to apply my newfound knowledge in a real-world context.

Overall, the Immerse program not only enriched my understanding of medicine but also broadened my worldview. It was an incredible blend of education, cultural exchange, and personal growth that left an indelible mark on my academic journey.

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Farah created a network of likeminded peers

What were your favourite things about the programme?

“The memories created during the program are etched in my mind, from engaging academic discussions to the incredible excursions. The friendships forged with like-minded individuals from diverse backgrounds added a rich layer to the experience, creating a network that extends beyond the program itself.

The wealth of knowledge gained was invaluable, expanding my understanding of medicine and contributing to personal and academic growth. The overall experience was incredibly enriching, offering a holistic blend of education, cultural exchange and personal development.

The thoughtfully curated excursions were a highlight, providing a balance between academic pursuits and exploring new places. Every facet of the program contributed to an unforgettable experience, making it difficult to pinpoint a single favorite aspect. Immerse managed to create a comprehensive and enriching program that left a lasting impression on me.”

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A truly transformative experience

How do you think you have developed as a result of the Essay Competition and your time on the programme?

“The memories created during the program are etched in my mind, from engaging academic discussions to the incredible excursions. The friendships forged with like-minded individuals from diverse backgrounds added a rich layer to the experience, creating a network that extends beyond the program itself.

The wealth of knowledge gained was invaluable, expanding my understanding of medicine and contributing to personal and academic growth. The overall experience was incredibly enriching, offering a holistic blend of education, cultural exchange and personal development.

The thoughtfully curated excursions were a highlight, providing a balance between academic pursuits and exploring new places. Every facet of the program contributed to an unforgettable experience, making it difficult to pinpoint a single favorite aspect. Immerse managed to create a comprehensive and enriching program that left a lasting impression on me.”

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Are You Ready?

What would you say to someone who was thinking about entering the Immerse Education Essay Competition?

“I would encourage every student to submit an entry to the Immerse Education Essay Competition. Your submission is a testament to your hard work and determination. Don’t worry about the outcome – the process itself is enriching. Those who succeed will open doors for their future. It’s a free, beneficial opportunity that every student should embrace.”

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Farah has big goals to study in Cambridge

What do you hope to achieve in the future?

“In my future, I aspire to pursue a career in medicine and, specifically, aim to study at the University of Cambridge. The prospect of studying medicine at such a renowned institution not only aligns with my academic ambitions but also reflects my dedication to making meaningful contributions to healthcare. I am drawn to the comprehensive and rigorous medical program at Cambridge, envisioning it as the ideal environment to cultivate my passion for the field. My goal is to engage in cutting-edge research, contribute to advancements in healthcare, and ultimately play a role in improving patient well-being. Studying medicine at Cambridge represents a significant step towards realising these aspirations and making a lasting impact in the field.”

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