Why are you interested in your field of study?
I was exposed to the idea of studying medicine from a young age as my dad is a doctor and my mum was a nurse. Additionally I always loved the biological sciences at school, but what really made me want to go into medicine, despite sounding like a nerd, was the fact that the human body is fascinating. Studying medicine enables me to see the weird science of it all, the end goal being able to help people with the knowledge that I acquire. Currently we only see patients once a week, but seeing how treatment can change their lives dramatically is amazing, and the ability to take part in their treatment is an incredible privilege.
What is the most testing thing about modelling and balancing modelling with study?
TIME. There aren’t enough hours in the day. I feel like I balance pretty well and always try to remember I am so lucky to have both opportunities. I find myself never wanting to let either side of my life down but during the year there are times when each have to take a backseat. It helps that I have a really supportive agency that understand when I need to take time off from work for exams.
Do you find any stereotypes thrown at you as a model?
To be honest it’s not too bad. You get the occasional jokes about being dumb, or that I have my priorities wrong, but it comes from people who don’t know me, so it ultimately doesn’t bother me. Although people are quick to judge, while being a model has actually broadened my perspective of the world and given me countless opportunities to develop my creativity and communication which will help me be a better doctor.
What is the ultimate goal? Where do you want to be in 1, 5 or even 10 years time?
In a years time I hope that I would have done some travelling, it would be amazing to do some work overseas and see a bit of the world. In 5 years time I hope that I’ll be finished my degree and at a great hospital, either here or overseas. And In 10 years… is a complete pipe dream because it is impossible to say at this stage what you want to specialise in. But maybe I will be in a cardiac surgery or physicians program with some amazing travel and modelling jobs under my belt from along the way.
What is THE UPSIDE to being you
I get to live in an amazing city, fill my life from all angles with interesting people, while experiencing two incredibly different industries, all with the support of friends and family.