Medical Student

SLVeteran Charlotte

Education: BSc Mathematics and Psychology - University of Birmingham, UK. MSc Psychology - Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

SLV.Global Placement: Mental Health Placement, January 2014

Current Role: 'After travelling for 8 months after SLV, I came home to England and began work as a care support worker on an elderly patients ward at my local hospital. I also applied, and was succesful on getting in to do a medical degree at Hull York Medical School.'

Tell us about your SLV.Global experience: 'My SLV experience was easily one of the best in my life. It started off a year long travelling experience which helped me decide on what I would do as a career. Working as a volunteer helped me realise how much I love working with people, teaching and working as part of a team. Being submerged in a culture in such a way is a very unique experience, and makes you realise just how resilient you can be! The experience is what you make of it - I threw myself in at the deep end, took a hold of every opportunity and it made my time there extremely worth while. '

'Being a coordinator helped me home in on my leadership skills, and I definitely believe that the experience helped me realised where my strengths and passions lay. It has helped me change my career path to one I am extremely excited about - in September I will embark on a Medical degree in view of becoming either a psychiatrist or a GP so I can help change the way mental health is viewed in England.'

Tell us what you gained from the placement: 'It is top of my volunteering section on my CV now, and I make the most of the leadership and communication skills I learnt out there. I used it several times during my medical student school interviews and they certainly seemed impressed by it!'

'I learnt how to be more patient of other people who don't necessarily think the same as you, or have the same attitude as you do. I really learnt what my strengths and passions were through exploring a lot of different themes - the range of placements help you test a few things out.'