Profile - Shalayna Morton

Why did you choose to come to Exeter?

I chose to apply to the University following attending the Exeter Scholars programme; prior to Exeter scholars, I didn't know anything about Exeter as a University. Exeter Scholars not only demonstrated how incredible the staff and teaching is at the University but also how warm and inviting those at Exeter are as a community. Following Exeter Scholars, I visited and attended my interview and it was reinforced how lovely an environment Exeter is and also how grateful I would be to study at such a welcoming institution. I also had the opportunity to speak to students who enjoyed their experiences. Additionally, the Medicine course at Exeter is unique when compared to any other courses which I had explored before applying - it seemed that Exeter would encompass the views of the students and it also had a more integrated course structure with clinical skills.

Why have you chosen your subject of study?

My reasoning for choosing medicine stems from a multitude of dimensions. One of which being that I had encountered many situations with the NHS and appreciate the work of doctors in bettering my health as well as those around me - my mum suffers from a form of muscular dystrophy and I have seen how much doctors have attributed to not only her physical health but her mental and day to day well being. I hope to be given the toolbox to aid others beyond the knowledge of the general public and be able to give accurate help where I can.

What career aspirations do you have?

Currently, I am flickering between the idea of becoming a GP and becoming a paediatrician but I am aware that this will be subject to change over the course of the 5 years as my knowledge toolbox widens and becomes more enriched. Ultimately, my main goal is to become a doctor which can make impact in the lives of my patients and embody the values in which I have identified and glorified through attending.

What will you be doing outside of study?

I have joined a plethora of medicine based societies such as medical ethics, medical society, paediatrics society and medical leadership; and hope to join sports based societies such as pole fitness and netball to ensure a balance between academic and non-academic activity. I chose medical societies which I believed covered establishing multidisciplinary teams within healthcare systems as I hope that it will help me become a more well-rounded doctor. I chose sports based societies so that I can work in teams, make more friends and ensure that I can let off some steam and as a way of looking after myself from within. I also enjoy baking in my free time.

What does receiving this scholarship mean to you and how will it impact on your time at Exeter and beyond?

This scholarship means that I am able to attend to my course without worry and anxiety around finances - it means that I will be able to afford my rent, travel to and from placement and purchase relevant course materials simultaneously without excessive strain. Finances had been a huge stress of mine prior to receiving this scholarship and in turn receiving this I will have the ability to focus without the need of having a full time job to afford everything I need. Beyond Exeter, this scholarship has demonstrated how selfless one can be and thus will be something which I will hold on to dearly - I hope that one day I am able to give back into academia as this scholarship has done for me.