I am originally from a small town in British Columbia, Canada and I completed my undergraduate degree in Microbiology at the University of Victoria.
Moving to Dublin last year was a bit daunting and I didn't know what to expect once I started medical school. Luckily, RCSI is like one big family so the transition has been really easy. My first two years have also been pretty full on with lectures all day Monday to Friday, so there isn't any time to ever be homesick. Despite the long days, and what can seem like endless hours of studying, there's still loads of time to get involved in things outside the classroom.
This year, I am the Sponsorship Officer for the International Conference for Healthcare and Medical Students (ICHAMS), which is a student-run international healthcare conference. I'm also the Education Officer for the Cardiovascular Society, because I just can't get enough cardiology in during my lectures I guess! One of the best parts about being involved in these groups is that it helps me meet students in older years, who are always eager to lend a hand or pass along helpful tips. I think the handing down of information, books, old notes, etc., is just one of the most amazing things about RCSI – collaboration in medicine is vital, and we start that right from the start here.
One of my favourite things so far, is the location of RCSI because you're right in the heart of Dublin city centre. I often find myself amazed when I'm walking to class and hear church bells ring, or see tourists snapping photos, and realise this is somewhere I get to live for the next few years; it's a place people dream about visiting. Even though I'm not even halfway through my time here, I already know that it's going to be too short!
Taylor Cunningham, Graduate Entry Medicine