By Sofia Christoforidis
Whilst at medical school, I have really tried to get involved in a wide range of societies and activities. This has been the perfect way for me to meet new friends, learn skills I never thought I had, and maintain that all-important work-life balance.
In my pre-clinical years, I have taken part in the Medics Panto- a society within the bubble that is the MedSoc here at Manchester. Here at the panto, we have put a twist to popular films/musicals, which almost certainly includes a few(many) medical puns and references. Over the years, with a lot of hard work, our shows have certainly become a staple in the medic calendar. Some of our past productions include our rather quirky interpretation of the Wizard of Oz and our most recent adaptation of High School Musical.
The society has allowed for me to meet like-minded people and create great memories I will cherish forever. Whether you are an aspiring singer, dancer, actor, or just general lover of showbiz- Medics Panto is the place for you. The show is the perfect way to have some fun amongst our jam-packed schedules as medics, and just not take yourself too seriously. The thrill of performing on stage, in front of a packed audience is just great. I love it. Medical students from all year- groups take part it in the society, and it is an excellent way to network and create relationships that will help you throughout your journey at medical school.
Starting university can often be a daunting experience and I cannot recommend enough the importance of joining a society whilst at medical school. Try something completely new. Do something you have always wanted to do. My advice is make the most of the opportunities you have at medical school. Furthermore, joining a society inevitably helps you develop skills perfectly applicable with a career in medicine. As medical students, we can often get caught up in the workload, but having a few hours a week to do something I love has been so beneficial. It has allowed me to clear my mind, and this essentially has also helped me academically. Take some time to explore the freshers fair, and I am sure with time, you will find the society that is right for you. Good luck!