In the area I grew up in, going to university is not very common, and going to a university as prestigious as St Andrews, even less so. Because of this, I didn't consider that St Andrews could be an option for me until I was in my 5th year of school, when I successfully applied to a Sutton Trust summer school, a programme designed to encourage students from low income backgrounds to attend university.
That summer, I spent a fully funded week staying in St Andrews with other 5th year pupils from all across the UK, staying in student accommodation, attending lectures in my chosen subjects (Biology and Chemistry), receiving advice on applying to university and obtaining scholarships, and being mentored by current students who had come through the same programme.
From that very first day setting foot in St Andrews, I knew it was the place for me. The town was beautiful, the people were friendly and the teaching was world class, and I couldn't imagine going anywhere else.
Don't worry if you don't know exactly what area of biology you're interested in, or think you might change your mind down the line – the degree programme is really flexible and you'll learn about things you've never even considered before, so stay open-minded! If you can, be sure to attend a visiting day and come along the Biology presentation – you can meet staff and current students and find out about the modules you can take, and generally get a better sense of what biology at St Andrews is like!