Melissa Vandy – King's College London
Melissa Vandy, 24, was inspired to study Nursing after witnessing the work of nurses looking after an ill family member. We caught up with her to find out more.
Where are you from? Tell us a bit about your background, what brought you to where you are today?
I am from Brixton, situated in south west London. After finishing my first degree, I lived in Paris for a year and a half in order to learn French, gain life experience and experience a new environment.
What is your postgraduate course, and where are you studying?
I am undertaking my postgraduate diploma in Adult Nursing at King’s College London.
Why did you choose postgraduate study?
I have a Bachelors degree with Honours in Social Anthropology and Philosophy, so it was only natural that I continued my studies within the postgraduate department.
How did you choose your postgraduate course?
My uncle fell ill and passed away the year I decided to apply to study nursing. I would visit him and witness the work the nurses used to do in regards to his care. I would often speak to the nurses, who would then encourage me to pursue a career in within the field. After doing more research into the role of a nurse, I decided that it fit my character perfectly and applied.
Why did you choose your university?
At the time of applying, King's College London was ranked the number one university for Nursing in London, and the sixth in the world. The prestige, the field-working lecturers, and the resources put into the course all led to me to make King’s my first choice.
How did you apply?
I applied through UCAS.
How did you finance your course?
The course is NHS funded.
What experience are you gaining during your postgraduate study and how will this help your future career plans?
Through the learning of theory and a variety of placement areas, I am being exposed to what it means to be a nurse of quality in both theory and practice. Not only am I being taught how to care for my patients with dignity and person-centred care, I am also taught the skills needed to go into research, top positions within the field, as well as further study.
What are your top tips for those considering postgraduate study?
Make sure that you have a plan in place before starting. Put aside finances to support yourself throughout your studies, explain to your loved ones that a large amount of your time and effort will be invested within your course, and allow yourself time to grow within your period back at university. A lot of postgraduate students have been out of the academic world for some time, so it is only natural that it would take a bit of time to re-adjust.
Lastly, make the most out of your time studying. Do not be afraid to make all the mistakes and errors needed during your studies that you can then learn from in order to become an excellent practitioner within your field of choice.