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Francesca W
2019

  Cambridge

  Medicine

A passion for medicine lead Irish student Francesca to participate in an Academic Insights programme. Her summer with Immerse propelled her to study medicine at Cambridge University!

University Of Cambridge

University they now attend

Medicine

Studying

2022

School Year

"There are people that I’ve met from Guiana, South America, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Canada - and we’re still in touch - it’s incredible!"

"The thing I valued most about my programme was the exposure to different cultures and people. The cultural exchange was really valuable to me. I was able to dive into the deep end with conversations with different people from all around the world. It was humbling and motivating to speak to people who were on the road to success."

Francesca's Journey to Success

Irish student Francesca first learned about Immerse through seeing it advertised on facebook. Knowing that she had always dreamed of visiting Cambridge and studying at the University, she decided to enter the Immerse Essay Competition. Francesca chose medicine as her subject, and spent time working on her academic essay.

Her hard work paid off, and Francesca was awarded a partial scholarship to attend her chosen course of Medicine Academic Insights in Cambridge in 2019.

Francesca knew that she wanted to study Medicine in Cambridge in the future, so this course was the perfect opportunity for her to gain further insight into what life is like for a Cambridge medicine student.

The course helped Francesca to push herself further academically to prepare for higher education, and found it inspiring that her fellow Immerse students were from all over the world.

Francesca told Immerse that she had mentioned her experience on Academic Insights within her University application to study at Cambridge University. She was able to relay experiences on the programme during her Cambridge interview, and told Immerse how the Academic Insights programme gave her the confidence to pursue her dream of attending Cambridge University.

Francesca is now part of the Cambridge rowing team, immersing herself in the University culture.

"The Immerse Education Academic Insights programme was a genuinely formative experience for me. Many people would underestimate the value of it at the time, but the experience on the course has left me with contacts from all around the world that I would never have had before.

Having the memories at Immerse in the last summer before COVID made it a moment in time to look back on and remember with pride."

What did you value most about your online or residential programme at Immerse

"The thing I valued most about my programme was the exposure to different cultures and people. The cultural exchange was really valuable to me. I was able to dive into the deep end with conversations with different people from all around the world. It was humbling and motivating to speak to people who were on the road to success."

What did you value most about your online or residential programme at Immerse?

"The thing I valued most about my programme was the exposure to different cultures and people. The cultural exchange was really valuable to me. I was able to dive into the deep end with conversations with different people from all around the world. It was humbling and motivating to speak to people who were on the road to success."

How do you think your experience on your Immerse programme has prepared you for higher education?

"From an academic perspective, the experience at Immerse very much mirrors the supervision system at Oxbridge. Because it’s at a higher level, I’ve had to self-motivate myself to understand things and learn more independently, which showed me what’s required at university. Interacting with other students to develop ideas and come to conclusions. Helping each other to understand concepts, and throwing ideas at each other, helped to get familiar with the learning experience to come at Cambridge. An environment where you needed to ask questions, no matter how stupid you thought they were was also created. Learning that it’s OK to not understand and ask questions was something that I took away from the programme

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