Aiofe ScanlanNursing: Children's BSc (Hons)
Aoife is a 2nd year BSc Child Nursing student. Prior to applying to City, she travelled across Africa and volunteered in hospitals and orphanages.
What were you doing before you came to study at City?
I completed A-levels in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics and then took a gap year before applying to City. During my gap year I travelled across Africa, volunteering in orphanages and gaining clinical experience in hospitals.
Why did you decide to apply to study at City, University of London?
City ranks high in London for Nursing. I also liked the idea of having placements in different hospitals, trusts and specialities. I feel that the range of placements I get over the course, compared to that of other universities, will mean I am better prepared when I qualify as a nurse.
What is your favourite thing about studying at City?
My favourite thing about City is the variety of placements I have experienced. I also love how passionate the lecturers are and their willingness to help you succeed.
What kind of things are you involved in outside of your course?
When I am not in University or on placement, I volunteer with a charity called StreetDoctors, which also exists as a society at the University. We teach sessions to young people about the dangers of violence and what first aid they can do on the street to help if they ever find themselves in that situation. I am also a Marketing Student Ambassador at City and use CitySport, the university gym, a couple of times a week.
What do you plan to do after you graduate?
After graduating I want to travel a bit more while I wait for the Royal College of Nurses to add me to the register, so I can then get a job as a qualified pediatrics nurse. I hope to get a job in the children’s accident and emergency ward after qualifying.
What would be your top tip for our applicants?
Just be yourself at interview, your passions will come through and the lecturers leading the interviews will see that.