We recently spoke to Sangeeth Roy, from India He tells us about her first few weeks as a student at Gomel State Medical University.The educational system of the Republic of Belarus provides getting education at the levels of basic, additional and special education.
Where it all began
It was an exhilarating moment when I sat down with my family to share the great news of being accepted into medical school. When I applied for Medicine, some of my friends and relatives discouraged me and said that I would only have books as my friends. I had senior friends who were already studying MBBS in Belarus, so before I applied, I asked them about the application process. It was really straightforward, and I was over the moon when I received an email saying I had been accepted to study in Gomel State Medical University.
“Medicine is not a piece of cake and truly requires sheer hard work and dedication.”
Feeling welcomed from India
My life at Nagercoil began at home, before I had even arrived in Belarus. Even though I had been accepted, I couldn’t wait to get started, and I didn’t know what to do in the meantime. It was the worst feeling ever! I received an email from Think Abroad congratulating me – this of course I expected. But, what I didn’t expect was how often Think Abroad Team kept in contact with me and my mom. I received a lot of helpful information. This immediately got me excited, and I felt totally hyped to start my study abroad adventure. This wasn’t the end of the support; I received a number of phone calls from Student Services too. They helped me every step of the way. Literally every step! I even spoke to someone to help me prepare for my visa interview, which was awesome. My friends, who hadn’t contacted with Think Abroad didn’t experience the same support I did.
“Everyone is accepted. Everyone is treated like family.”
Arriving in Belarus
Minsk Airport in Belarus.
When I Landed in Minsk, Belarus i felt a lot of mixed emotions; it was my first time in abroad and being away from my family. I was excited and hopeful, but also scared and anxious. To help us settle in, the support staff gave us booklets with tons of activities and events happening locally. As a new student, I’m just getting to know more about Belarus and the fact that I now have more local information on the city and what it offers, makes things 100 times easier along with our seniors.
Life so far
I haven’t been on my foundation course very long, but boy do I have a number of stories already. I attended the welcome party, which was really cool. There was lots of food, a photo booth and even free candy floss! It was everything a student could ask for. I have a busy schedule with my studies, but I still take some time out to participate in cultural activities like the dance show and International Food Night. If it were not for these activities, the world would be so black and white to me.
I also got to meet a lot of the other students from different courses too. It was a great chance to make new friends. Getting up at 7am is perhaps alien to most students; however, it is very important as a trainee doctor you’re up and ready to go. Studying medicine is a life, not a course. Once I arrive at the hospital, which I can happily call my second home, it is time to stash everything in my locker, grab the essentials (stethoscope, notes, Oxford Clinical Handbook and my brain) and hit the ward.
Real patients, real decisions and real life. I am expected to speak to patients, become familiar with their medical history and be competent in performing clinical procedures. this makes me to feel I am an extended part of the healthcare team, not just a student. I am a trainee doctor. Your superiors will take care of you and it’s a great opportunity to learn from real doctors and patients.
The diverse nature of the course means that every day is you have first-hand experience where you can learn from some world experts.
“Best of all, being on ward was a reminder that this is definitely what I want to do in life.”
Things I’ve learnt
• Work life balance – I came into this experience thinking that my social life would be over because I needed to focus solely on study Medicine, on the other hand, taught me that student life needs to have balance. The teachers are really good at keeping us on our toes in preparation for our undergraduate course at university. They also make a point that there is a world outside the library too!
• Diversity is accepted – I am an international student, so I naturally felt nervous, because, not only was Belarus a new place, but the people were new too. The people here are so friendly and welcoming, that you forget you’re not at home. Everyone is accepted and treated like family. I really started to feel at home.
• Personality development – Being away from home we do feel more independent to do our own activities which helps in planning, focusing and executing the correct results. As a student i also develop my adapting qualities and to remain pessimist during tough situations. No more we are spoon feeded
• Vast and wide knowledge about the people from various part of the word, their languages, culture, foods etc… which will be a real different experience in our life cycle.
This moment i take a chance to thank the entire team of THINK ABROAD who understood my aspiration towards MBBS IN ABROAD, creating peace by standing ahead for any help during academic years, and made me to visualise my dream come true.