Abim Anyiam from Sidcup in Kent has always had a keen interest in the human body and inspired by her brother’s achievements in medicine she too wanted to train to be a doctor. When she didn’t achieve the grades she needed to study medicine, she got straight on the phone to Kingston University to ask about its human biology degree course. She spoke directly to a senior academic, she recalled, “He told me there and then I had secured a place on the course and I was so relieved.”
Although Kingston University hadn’t been Abim’s first choice, it had definitely turned out to be the right one for her, she said. “The lecturers are really inspiring at Kingston and they have so much knowledge in the fields they teach. They’ve introduced me to things I would never have considered such as the British Society for Parasitology. Joining the society led to me presenting some of my research findings at a conference in Glasgow.”
“Students who don’t get the grades they’d hoped for shouldn’t worry. Even though you might not be able to go to your first choice university, you may still be able to find the perfect place for you,” Abim said. “I wish I’d known sooner what opportunities Clearing could open up for me. You just have to be flexible and go for it.”
Having successfully completed her degree in human biology, Abim is now studying for a Masters in parasitology at Kingston and is keen to undertake a PhD. Her aim is to travel around Africa, South America and Asia to share her knowledge and educate people about diseases in deprived communities.
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