When I came to St George’s in 2017 with an offer to study Biomedical Sciences, it was initially quite hard to imagine myself within the medical profession due to the underrepresentation of black women in this field. 3 years later I am proud to be continuing my journey at St George’s as a 3rd year medical student. The last few years have taught me more than ever to; trust God and to trust the process.
Throughout my journey, my mother has been an influential motivator. Being the first person in my family to complete Higher Education and having made a significant impact in the field of education, she has taught me be tenacious, resilient, and ambitious. I have learned that sometimes a “No” is just a “Not now” in disguise. God’s timing is always best.
Hopefully, my decision to follow my passion and to go against the status quo will encourage other young black students to do the same. My journey has not always been easy, but the challenges have strengthened my resolve and when opportunities were scarce, I learnt to make my own.
Whist at St George’s I’ve been able to pursue my passion for youth empowerment by training to become a NCOP widening participation coach, supporting young people from ethnic minorities through to Higher education and as a Youth Ambassador for Southwark (SGTO), working closely with the council and local authorities to explore and tackle youth violence. In addition, I am passionate about performing arts and have made some amazing memories and friends through my participation in several of the university’s Tooting Shows.
My greatest achievement at St George’s so far is receiving a 1st class in Biomedical Sciences and transferring to medicine. I am excited about where this journey will take me.
Joy Ferguson, Medicine MBBS student at St George's, University of London.