An Officer and a Nurse: Yemi’s Story

yemiAs we approach Welcome Week 2019, we want to provide you with as much information about our undergraduate courses as possible and make sure you know about the various ways in which you can engage in university life beyond just studying.

Yemi Giwa has not long finished her first year of the BNurs Adult Nursing course and is already excited to see what lies ahead. Here she talks about easing into first-year, getting involved with societies and what it’s like studying at The University of Manchester: ranked the 2nd in the UK and 3rd  in the world when it comes to studying nursing… 

Hi there, my name is Yemi and I am a second-year adult nurse and Wellbeing Officer at the ACS (African-Caribbean Society).  I’m guessing you’d want to know why I decided to study nursing at The University of Manchester and not another university – well, it’s quite simple:

Not only did I have a passion for my course but I also wanted to experience the kind of university life that everyone always talks about. Manchester struck a perfect balance during my first year: I was able to have a social life and actually feel like I was a part of the student community by joining societies such as UoM Dance – which was an amazing experience, by the way! – and still had time to focus on my coursework and placement.

Placement starts in semester two, which I personally thought was really good because I felt like I was eased into it through the various clinical skills sessions we had before placement started. Truthfully, nothing can fully prepare you for placement – you will feel awkward and like you don’t know what you are doing – but trust me, it’s fine because you are a first-year student and no one expects you to know everything.

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If you do come across problematic individuals or feel like you really don’t like your placement, don’t hesitate to express that you don’t feel comfortable and you can speak to your mentor or Academic Advisor (AA) for support. I have been very lucky with all my placements so far: I had a medical and a community placement, both of which I really enjoyed, and I have now been assigned to a surgical placement at MRI Hospital, which I am very excited about.


If I am being completely honest, first-year goes by very quickly and you won’t know where the time went, so make the most of it; join societies, get to know different people from different courses; network with people and, most importantly, enjoy the journey of your learning experience. The years to come are going to be some of the most memorable years of your life – I’ve only just finished first-year and I can’t wait to find out what comes next.

When I am not tending to patients on placement or learning about practice through study, I am still looking after people in my spare time: especially since I was elected as Wellbeing Officer for the African-Caribbean Society. This means that I look after the wellbeing of students and society members; among many other roles at the Student’s Union, there are more senior welfare officers who look after the larger student population but, for me, I am involved in improving wellbeing every day, so why not take that out into my community?

I am so happy to have been given this opportunity. I didn’t really believe I’d get the role (I had plenty of tough competition!), but I think I ended up being chosen because I am very passionate about the wellbeing of individuals and interested in how we can improve it – hence why I decided to study Adult Nursing.

Ever since taking the module in first-year, I’ve also now taken a huge interest in Public Health. Being both a student nurse and a wellbeing officer, this will be a great way for me to use my knowledge to provide support for people, as well as gain more experience in public health.

No matter where you’re from, we all came here for something – and not just a degree. Our personal lives and wellbeing can throw up obstacles to try and stop us reaching our destination but I know that I will always go the extra mile to help people and that I won’t let anything stop me from achieving my goals because that is just who I am.


Why not check out the UoM Dance Society’s Instagram and the African-Cariban Society of The University of Manchester’s Twitter account?

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