Since my first blog post about how I have come to gain my place as a student midwife, my offer has finally changed from ‘conditional’ to ‘unconditional’. What an AMAZING feeling – I have waited 3 long years to see that word!
Being the first January intake for Midwifery at the University at the West of England (UWE) it is both exciting and frustrating. I know that myself and a lot of the girls that are starting in the later cohort have found it hard knowing that everyone else has just started their journey at the beginning of September, and we still have a couple more months to wait.
However, since my last post I have met up with and got to know a lot of the girls that I will be starting with which is absolutely lovely. We are all in the same position of being completely impatient and overly eager to start our journeys as student midwives!
I have been pretty busy recently with trying to make myself ‘ready’ to start university. Before my last post I went on a Midwifery taster day at the university which was so valuable and informative. I also attended a freshers’ fair last week where I met up the girls I am starting with. We received loads of freebies, as well as each of us buying a UWE hoodie – it had to be done!
Getting to know the girls I am starting with has been so lovely; not only because we are all in the same position, but because we all come from completely different backgrounds and all want to be student midwives for different reasons. It has been so interesting hearing all of their stories. We even have a Facebook group specifically for the January starters that we are all constantly messaging away on!
It makes the process of starting such a big journey so much easier because on that first, absolutely nerve-racking day – all I am going to see are familiar faces. We’ll be in it together, which is great.
I have also gone a little bit wild when it comes to buying stuff for university. I will be staying in halls for my first year, and might have gone a little bit overboard with purchasing accessories, textbooks, kitchen products and bedding – it’s been so exciting!
I think a big worry of mine is making sure that I am ‘prepared’ for university. Although truth be told, I’m sure I could buy so much more stuff and still never be fully prepared for the next 3 years I am about to embark upon!
MIDIRS would like to wish Leah and all student midwives the best of luck for their first year on their midwifery courses.
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