Meet the Class of 2020: Angeline de Bruyns
Jan 10, 2017 | Posted by: Rhys Mahannah
Students from the Class of 2020 recently joined the Island Medical Program after completing their first semester in Vancouver. We reached out to learn a little more about them, including their first few months in medical school.
Name: Angeline de Bruyns
Hometown: Nanaimo, BC (but originally Swakopmund, Namibia)
What attracted you to study medicine?
I’m a sucker for science and love helping other people, so naturally I was drawn to medicine. For myself, I can’t imagine a career more fulfilling than medicine.
You recently completed the first semester of your MD degree. How did it go?
I loved it! I got to meet so many cool people in my program and learned so much about medicine. It was a lot of hard work keeping up with all the new material, but everything was so interesting it made it feel like less of a chore! Can’t wait to learn more!
What advice would you give to students entering their first semester?
Don’t leave studying to the last few weeks before the test. Try to review the material presented in class that same day or soon after. It makes it easier to wrap your head around the topic presented in each week as you go along and also you won’t be swamped and stressed out learning all of it right before midterms and finals! Don’t spend all of your time studying either! Make as many friends as possible and check out the social events. The bonds you make will definitely enrich your med school experience.
What are you most excited about beginning your studies with the Island Medical Program?
Being back on the Island (and the smaller class sizes will be huge plus)! Also, I’m really looking forward to spending more time with my IMP classmates and the 2nd year IMPers.
What do you like to do in your spare time to relax and have fun?
Any sports basically! Soccer, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, squash, snowboarding and running are some of my favorites. I also love anything to do with the outdoors. I’m always up to go camping or hiking!