Congratulations to Prompt for his offer to study Medicine at the University of Cambridge.
This is a truly fantastic achievement, as each year Cambridge allocates just a handful of places on its medical programme to international applicants.
Encouraged to give Cambridge a shot by friends, family and teachers, the ever-modest Prompt says he was surprised but over the moon to receive the offer. He will continue a long line of Shrewsbury students to progress to medical careers (no less 13 students have so far secured places to medical school this year), and which also includes Class of 2017 alumnus, Earth, who himself went on to study medicine at Cambridge’s Gonville and Caius College.
Earth’s advice proved invaluable to Prompt as he prepared for his Cambridge interview; supported along the way by Form Tutor, Mr Redman (also Gonville and Caius alumnus), and particularly by Head of Biology, Ms Sharp. The Higher Education team were also a great help too, and Prompt was also grateful for the seminars they have coordinated for a number of years with Dr Julie - a Shrewsbury Parent and Professor of Medicine at Mahidol University - who helps students understand not only matters of medical ethics, but what university admissions counsellors are looking for from potential applicants.
Of course, Prompt will also have received great advice closer to home too. His father is also a Professor of Medicine, and his mother was a nurse. Recognising Prompt’s aptitude and interest in science at an early age, they decided on a move to Shrewsbury in Year 4, understanding too the importance of strong language skills in order to eventually progress to international study at university.
During his time at Shrewsbury, Prompt has become increasingly fascinated by the workings of the human body, and it was in Year 10 that he decided medicine was the career for him, understanding that this is a profession that will allow him to make a real difference in society. Experiences such as participation in Shrewsbury’s Action 4 Diabetes club - including a visit to an aid camp in Cambodia - have further cemented his choice.
Within the Shrewsbury community itself, Prompt has already contributed in many other ways - whether in the Model United Nations Club, the Food Committee, Orchestras or Choirs. He hopes to continue his musical interests in Cambridge, though he recognises the standard of G&C’s own choir is exceptional, and there will be lots of new and exciting opportunities to explore as well.
One of the larger colleges, with a strong reputation for medicine, Prompt is excited by the diversity of the G&C community, and even though he hasn’t actually had a chance to visit given the current pandemic restrictions, he is looking forward to life in the picturesque university town.
We at Shrewsbury wish Prompt the best of luck - and hope that after 8 years of study and training in the UK, Dr Prompt will be making his return to Thailand to practice medicine here!