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  • Writer's pictureSAMS UoA

#1 Introduction

Updated: Jan 16, 2019


Hi everyone and welcome to SAMS’ Common Year 1 Blog 2018!

We are the Student Association for the Medical Sciences (SAMS) and made up of medical science students primarily advocating and catering to the academic, social, and welfare needs of all (past, present, and future) medical science (MEDSCI) students at the University of Auckland! We write this particular blog to include both opinion and factual pieces to share experiences, give advice, and offer perspectives for this popular yet daunting Common Year 1!

This blog will have inputs by many guests all of whom have been through the infamous Common Year 1 (AKA “Biomed/Healthsci 1st year”); but all content will be authored or edited by a team of us here at SAMS. We have been helped by others and are simply trying to #payitforward!

First and foremost, this blog is here to help YOU. With over 1000 Common Year 1 students, you often might feel drowned out through all the rabble but I want to assure you that we are here to help; every single one of you lovely people!

Lastly, just a little opinion: Common Year 1 is definitely an interesting year – not only are you entering University for the first time, but you are entering one of the more intensive and challenging degrees of all the available University degrees. People often say that first year is competitive and very pressured; perhaps it is – I personally thought it was a little. But I think the best way to view this is more as a journey of self-discovery and self-improvement – try to be the best version of yourself, don’t excessively compare yourself to others, and make the most of your time here!

‘Nuff said – until next time, we’ll be talking more about Enrolling and what University is like in general!


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