At five-years-old, Walid witnessed his younger sister fall from a second floor and sustain a severe head injury. She needed surgery and had a long, but full, recovery. When Walid saw the positive impact, the surgeons had on his sister’s life, he knew that he wanted to be able to help other families in the same way.
“From seeing the helicopter land in the park to how the whole road was blocked – I knew it was serious. I was small at the time, but I knew that her chances were limited. When she came home, we had a massive celebration; and that is the impact I want to create when I’m a surgeon”
From this time onwards, Walid had one goal in mind – to become a surgeon. During secondary school, Walid visited a homework club at his local IntoUniversity branch and worked towards achieving this goal with their help. He completed extra homework, worked on personal statements and secured work experience placements. All this contributed to receiving an offer to study Medicine at King’s as part of the Extended Medical Degree Programme
“IntoUniversity provided an environment where everyone wanted to learn and where everyone was eager to know all the extra information the schools didn’t provide. This is why I loved the place. IU has given me many opportunities which have sculpted me into the person I am today – I cannot thank them enough.”