The Chancellor’s Scholarship has been a fantastic opportunity. The financial aspect was really helpful, but the highlight has been the constant support and mentorships.
Zahra Ataie, firstname.lastname@example.org, 22, Doctor of Medicine, from Adelaide,
I’m from Adelaide but from the beginning I knew I wanted to study medicine at the University of Melbourne. I was keen to become more independent and develop my academic, personal and interpersonal skills. Both wisdom and interpersonal skills are crucial if you want to be a great doctor and that’s what I’m striving for.
The Chancellor’s Scholarship has been a fantastic opportunity. The financial aspect was really helpful, but the highlight has been the constant support and mentorships. Having the support of someone else who has gone through the same experience was fantastic, and my mentor really helped me make the transition to university. I’ve also had the pleasure of working with many talented individuals.
The opportunity to go to rural areas in Victoria was unique and extremely memorable; it was such an eye opener for all of us to see how different things are outside the metropolitan area. We shadowed some GPs and it was amazing to hear their stories and see their relationships with their patients. They were all happy working rurally and because of that experience I am now considering doing more rural placements down the line.
When I moved to Melbourne I didn’t have any family or relatives here. I lived in college for two years, which was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Despite it being challenging at times, I learned a lot about myself. I have a whole new out-look because of that experience and I’ve made lifelong friends.
As I was taking a big risk by moving interstate for university, having a guaranteed place in the Doctor of Medicine was reassuring. It meant that I could really focus on learning and personal growth. I truly enjoyed my undergraduate years and look back at my experience very fondly.