Studying Medicine at Lucy and winning a grant from the Women’s Careers Foundation
by Lindsay Malone on 13 August 2018
Hi, my name’s Lindsay; I’m just starting my second year of the Graduate Medicine course at Lucy Cavendish and have been awarded a grant from the Women’s Careers Foundation towards my studies.
I’m really enjoying studying Medicine at Lucy. Being a doctor is an aspiration I had for a long time before applying here, and it’s an ambition that I never really thought possible until now. Studying Medicine is exciting, interesting and challenging, and no two days are the same. I love the learning, and I love even more being able to put this theory into practice. At the moment I am on my 10-week clinical placement in Bury Saint Edmunds, and I love that little buzz I feel every time I walk into the hospital. I enjoy getting to know the different patients from all walks of life, and I like being able to feel more and more that I can help out and make a difference around the wards, as well as just learning.
I applied to the Women’s Careers Foundation (WCF) for a grant to help with financing my course. As my second degree, finance has been one of the challenges and I spent a long time online trying to find charities which might offer financial support when I started this course last September. I came across the WCF on one of my searches and discovered that they were exactly what I was looking for. The WCF is a small charity that offers grants to women who are undertaking further education to start a new career, or who are returning to education for a change of direction. The application process itself was lengthy: I had to write a letter initially, explaining why I was applying, which was followed by an application form to complete and then a long wait of several months, before I heard that I had been offered an interview to meet them in person and discuss my application. A few weeks after this, I received a promising letter in the post with their address stamped on the back, inside of which were details of the grant I had been awarded.
It is so encouraging to me to receive this award from the WCF: It demonstrates the kindness and support that is available out there when you look for it, and this grant makes a real difference to my ability to finance my course. Moreover, as a recipient of an award, I have been invited to write a piece for the WCF on myself to go in their annual report and may even be attending their annual meeting which they hold for all their award recipients.
If you’re studying at Lucy, or thinking of studying here, and you’re finding finances a challenge then I would definitely encourage you to have a think about charities and organisations such as the WCF. Equally, if you’re thinking about applying to Lucy or for the Medicine course here at Cambridge, I would absolutely say to give it a go. We can sometimes be surprised by what might come from taking a leap, and you never know until you try!