Former Student Profile – Alexandra May – Class of 2002

We look forward to welcoming Alexandra back to school Virtually on Tuesday 26 January 2021 as one of our Year 8 Inspire and Career Talk Speakers.

What years did you attend WHS? 

1997-2002

What did you get up to at WHS in terms of study and extracurricular activities? 

For A levels I studied Biology, chemistry and German with psychology to AS level.  I enjoyed acting and had a part in the school play ‘The Crucible’.  In my earlier years at WHS I had flute lessons and attended the junior school choir.  I also did my bronze Duke of Edinburgh. 

Do you have any fond memories you’d like to share?

I really enjoyed our school trips abroad – France, Cologne in Germany and then Berlin in sixth form (which was a small group as there were only a handful of us studying A level German).   I also have fond memories of the Music and Drama class festivals/competitions and of course the time tunnel for the Millennium (which feels like yesterday!) Miss Brash came up with the whole idea – our class did Joan of Arc and I remember having to make an authentic dish from the era.  I remember walking through all the other classes and everyone had made such an effort, it was really fantastic. 

What did you do after school? Gap year, straight into business or Uni. 

I went straight to university, unfortunately the first university didn’t suit me so I left after 6 months and worked for a bit back in High Wycombe before starting the following September at the University of Liverpool. 

If you went to Uni where did you go and why did you choose it?

I studied medicine at the University of Liverpool, I got a really good vibe on the open day, it was so friendly with lots of extracurricular opportunities. The city has a great mix of culture, history and green space. I liked the style of the course too. I absolutely loved my time there and got involved with lots of extracurricular activities and made lifelong friends (and met my now husband!). I loved the city so much that despite a couple of years living in the south east again immediately after I graduated/qualified and a year in Australia, I returned to Liverpool 9 years ago and haven’t left! 

What are you up to now?

I’m a GP in Liverpool. I work 2 days in practice – I have a special interest in women’s health. 

One day a week I work at the University of Liverpool as a community clinical tutor, this is predominantly small group teaching of 3rd and 4th year medical students on various topics from a GP perspective but I also get involved in medical school interviews, writing exam questions and examining written and practical exams.  I also do the occasional shift as an out of hours GP for a bit of variety.  I have 2 young children who keep me busy when I’m not working! 

What do you know now that you didn’t in Year 13 that you’d like to share with current students?

The choices you make at 17 or 18 don’t define the rest of your life, you can change path at any time. And I know it’s often said but don’t forget to enjoy yourself too whilst working hard! 

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