Enriching the university experience
Thanks to your support of the Deans’ Funds, medical student Dan Mawhinney was able to relieve his financial anxiety and participate more fully in student life.
“I chose to study at Imperial because of its international reputation for excellence. I have seen this excellence reflected in my six years of study. I particularly valued my placement in A&E, where I felt well-equipped to be the first medic to see patients.
“The last two years of my degree have been particularly tough financially. I found that I was slipping into more debt, despite also working a part-time job. I was on placement and studying during the week, and then heading to work at the weekends – it was exhausting. Receiving a bursary from the Dean’s Fund for Medicine was such a relief – I don’t have to worry as much about money, and it has freed up some time in which I can recharge. I could afford to go to a conference, which I wouldn’t have considered before, and I can participate more fully in clubs and societies. I also spent a month volunteering in a clinic in Roatán, Honduras, where I consulted with patients myself under the indirect supervision of the local doctors. This was a great opportunity to develop my confidence in diagnosing and managing common ailments, and I welcomed the opportunity to practise my Spanish, which had been a key objective while organising my elective.
“I would like to thank all the donors – I am so grateful to them for their generosity, without which I would have struggled. It really has made an impact on my experience at Imperial, my academic performance, and my wellbeing.”