Sarah Walber

Sarah took part in the MAP programme during her A-levels at Ashton Sixth Form College and graduated from the general strand in 2013.

She studied Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths which led her to apply and be accepted onto the BSc Anatomical Sciences course at The University of Manchester, in which she achieved a First.

How did you hear about the MAP?

I heard about MAP through an admissions talk in school.

What did you enjoy the most about participating on the scheme?

One of the things I enjoyed most about the programme was surprisingly the academic assignment. The main focus of my assignment was on breast cancer, a topic close to my heart. The assignment allowed me to expand my knowledge on this topic while teaching me how to write both critically and concisely. In addition to this, while writing the assignment, I learned how to reference, which is something I had never done before. Both these skills were incredibly helpful and prepared me for my degree, as it made tackling essays a lot less daunting. Another element of MAP which I really enjoyed was the University Life Conference. At first I was very nervous about working with new people and standing up giving a presentation, however, at the end of the conference I had made some good friends and was really proud of myself for overcoming my fear and delivering a presentation that my group and I had worked really hard on.

How did the programme help you to get to where you are now?

MAP helped to shape a lot of my university experiences. Firstly, MAP gave me the opportunity to regularly come onto campus and get to know the University which resulted in me falling in love with it! While on MAP, I also interacted with a wide range of student ambassadors, who had a major influence on me and they encouraged me to become an ambassador myself while at university.

What advice would you give others who are thinking of applying to the programme?

The best advice I could give to someone thinking about applying for MAP is to make the most of the opportunities offered to you by the programme. MAP puts on countless workshops throughout the year, from UCAS support sessions to study skills workshops. It’s really important not to take these for granted.