What is it like to compete whilst studying full-time?
It has been okay competing whilst studying. There are sometimes where some competitions have clashed with deadlines, but King’s have always been accommodating. I have had to be specific about my races for the season, to ensure I do not burn out. As the research project became more intense, I made a lot of changes to my training programme to focus mainly on the British Championships, which was slightly risky, but I ended up with good results.
What is the best thing about studying at King’s?
The atmosphere at King’s is amazing and the course does challenge you to reach your full potential.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced whilst studying?
My research project has been one of the most challenging. It has made me step outside of my comfort zone and think outside the box. I had to push myself and not give up. It was almost like 400m race but for the brain: you start fast and enthusiastic and then the mental-lactic sets in and the last 100m’s of the project feels like an eternity. However, I enjoyed it, and like most 400ms, making it the finish line is always the greatest part.
How has King’s supported you during your studies?
The level of support at King’s is incredible, especially the student support service and the course organiser, Dr Eamonn Walsh. They have supported me at low and exhausting times of the year when everything got a bit too much. They gave me advice and tools to make my time at university easier.
Also, I am part of King’s Sport Performance. Support and coaching are impeccable. I had a good strength and conditioning coach who believed in me and push me to the point I was hitting 200kg pin-squat personal bests. The Sports Performance team encouraged me to be the best version of myself, helped me think about my career directions and the many possibilities out there for me as an athlete and academic.
What do you hope to do after completing your Neuroscience MSc?
Athletics wise, I hope to carry on with athletics and train for the world indoor championships and the Olympics. Career-wise, I’m planning on applying to medical school and becoming a doctor.
What would you advise to someone thinking of applying to King’s to study neuroscience?
The MSc Neuroscience course is good. I do recommend it. They support students to be the best they can be. They are understanding of other commitments that you may have. So… apply!