Hi, I am Hui Yun, a graduate of International Medical University (IMU)’s Biomedical Science programme. My time at IMU (4 years – 1 year in Foundation in Science (FiS) + 3 years of undergraduate studies) was a truly remarkable and life-changing experience. From the very beginning, when I first set foot on the bustling campus, I felt like I was embarking on a journey that would shape me in many profound ways.
The initial weeks of the respective programmes were marked by warm and heartfelt welcomes from both professors and fellow students. The orientation activities organised by the seniors eased my transition into this new chapter of my life. This sense of belonging made me feel like I was part of a big, caring family.
My academic experience at IMU was an incredible journey. The lecturers were not just educators but mentors who genuinely cared about our growth. The facilities and resources provided were top-notch, and I always felt like I had the support needed, whether I was in a lecture hall, tutorial, or lab session.
Although my first year of the degree programme was during the pandemic, and all classes were conducted online, the quality of teaching and learning had never changed. However, I had to train my concentration and discipline to attend all the live sessions and listen to recorded lectures at scheduled times. It was very easy to lose concentration and start procrastinating, especially when sitting in front of a computer for a long time and working from home. Nevertheless, I still prefer physical classes, and I was able to return to campus life for my second and final year of undergraduate studies.
Life on Campus:
Beyond the classroom, life at IMU was full of vibrancy and excitement. I had the privilege of participating in a wide range of extracurricular activities, from sports and cultural events to various student clubs and organisations.
I also had the opportunity to be one of the student helpers for various university Open Days. I held the role of a team leader, participating as one of the student counsellors and assisting in the admission process during the Open Days. Besides, I was honoured to hold the position of event manager in the Biomedical Science Week 2022.
“These activities not only enriched my university life but also allowed me to form deep and enduring friendships and enhance many of my soft skills.
My time at IMU came with its fair share of challenges. Late-night study sessions, demanding assignments and exams were all part of the process. Yet, these challenges pushed me to grow, becoming a more resilient and capable healthcare professional.
What Are You Doing Now?
I am continuing my study in the Masters in Forensic Science at the University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom, one of IMU’s partner universities. It is a one-year programme and I am expected to graduate in September 2024.
What Are Your Plans?
My current plan is to get a distinction in my masters’ degree and successfully obtain a forensic science or biomedical science related job in the UK.
Advice to Future Students
Stay Committed to Your Studies:
Biomedical science is a challenging field that requires dedication. Stay committed to your coursework, attend classes regularly, and actively engage in the learning process.
Utilise Campus Resources:
IMU offers a wealth of resources, from well-equipped laboratories to extensive libraries. Make the most of these facilities for your research, projects, and study sessions.
Seek Help When Needed:
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you are struggling with coursework, seek assistance from lecturers. All of them are really friendly and helpful.
Engage in Research and Internships:
Take advantage of research opportunities and internships that IMU offers. Practical experience is invaluable in biomedical science and can set you apart when it comes to future job applications. As the old man would say, practical knowledge is always more important than theorical knowledge.
Network and Connect:
Build strong relationships with your peers and lecturers. They can be great resources for guidance and recommendations.
Effective time management is essential. Balancing coursework, extracurricular activities, and personal life can be challenging, so make use of tools and techniques to manage your time efficiently.
Keep track of your assignments, projects, and deadlines. Do not do things at the very last minute!
Participate in Student Organisations:
Join student clubs or organisations related to biomedical science. It’s an excellent way to broaden your horizons, meet like-minded individuals, and gain leadership experience.
Remember why you chose biomedical science in the first place. Stay passionate about your field and the potential impact you can make in the world through your work.
Remember that your experience at IMU is not just about academics; it is about personal and professional growth. Use these tips to make the most of your time as a biomedical science student and prepare yourself for a successful and fulfilling future in the field.