During her high school years in Albany, Caitlin Thompson enjoyed studying human anatomy and, while she was a high achiever, she never really expected that she would be accepted to study medicine.
However, after taking a gap year following high school to build up her finances, she decided to sit the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (now known as the University Clinical Aptitude Test). She was thrilled to be offered a place at the new Curtin Medical School following her interview and ‘over the moon’ to learn that she qualified for scholarship support as a rural student.
“Coming from a rural town, the transition into university life is tough – moving away from friends and family, becoming more independent and trying to balance study with everything else,” she explains.
“Being awarded a scholarship made that transition so much easier as I had the financial means to set myself up for success right from the start. Studying medicine is tough, but having a scholarship means that I can spend more time focusing on my studies and less time worrying about making ends meet.”
“The scholarship has made a world of difference to me and I only hope that more people like myself are given the same opportunity.” – Caitlin Thompson – second year medical student and scholarship recipient
You can help aspiring students like Caitlin
With your support and encouragement, we can foster role models for future generations and underserviced communities.