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Sumayya Patel

Sumayya Patel

Sumayya is a second year BSc Optometry student. After qualifying she hopes to work abroad in developing countries providing eye care.

Why did you decide to apply to study at City?

I wanted to apply to an institution with a well-established Optometry department whose professors would allow me to get the most out of my degree. I also applied to City after coming to the Open Day where I’d seen the sense of community but also the wide variety of opportunities offered to students.

What were the most important resources for you in helping you to make a decision?

The most important resources in helping me make my decision was attending the Applicant Day where I spoke to current students. Whilst at Sixth Form, I signed up to a scheme that offered mentoring by City Students. This first sparked my interest in applying to the University as I got an insight to what being a City Student was like.

Visiting the University was also essential in my decision making as I got a firm idea of its atmosphere, culture and community.

What kind of things are you involved in outside your course?

Aside from studying towards Optometry, I am a Student Ambassador which is a scheme run by the University where students can apply to different jobs suitable around their timetable. It is a really good opportunity to meet students from other courses and to gain and develop further skills.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

After graduating, I intend to go on to my pre-registration year at a high street Optical practise. This is a compulsory part of becoming a fully qualified Optometrist. My future plans include working abroad in developing countries providing eye care to those who are less fortunate.

What would be your top tip for our applicants?

My top tip to all applicants would be to speak to current City students, whether it be students from the course they are interested in or just City students in general. They can really aid in your decision-making by giving you an idea of what studying at City is really like.