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Samy Roshdy BSc Physiotherapy, 2017

Final year student

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I had visited Southampton on a couple of occasions prior to applying so was already a little familiar with the city. The fact Southampton was a Russell Group university, in addition to being one of the highest rated universities in the UK, also enticed me to apply.

It is the opportunities Southampton offers that have really made the difference. Providing sports massage at the Great South Run and for the New Zealand Defence Forces Rugby team during their World Cup tour, are definite highlights.

I have definitely attained a lot of valuable experience here so far. I have had the privilege of assisting in creating the first ever Physiotherapy Society; and been nominated for the position of Academic President and representative of Physiotherapy.

My hospital placements have been really enjoyable and have allowed me to apply theoretical knowledge in practice. They have also enabled me to work with patients and provide care which can significantly benefit their lives – which is a great feeling!

My ambition is to become a musculoskeletal physiotherapist and I have been able to find opportunities here to help me fine-tune my skills and enhance my clinical, interpersonal and management skills. My practical skills and ability to clinically reason have significantly improved through these opportunities.

These extra-curricular experiences have included a physiotherapy internship with Under 18’s Portsmouth FC; a voluntary clinic with University of Southampton Men’s Rugby team; acquiring a Band 2 therapy assistant job; and providing sports massage at the Bupa Great South Run and the New Zealand Defence Forces Rugby team on their World Cup tour.

I have also been able to attain qualifications in Automated External Defibrillation, Immediate Care in Sports and First Aid, Sports Taping.

The Faculty careers fair and employability week has enabled me to meet future employers and helped me understand how to apply for upcoming jobs and research positions. These events have also opened my eyes to areas I may not have been initially interested in, such as the military.

All in all, my time at Southampton has been incredibly rewarding, and full of opportunity, setting me in good stead to achieve my long term dream of becoming a Musculoskeletal physiotherapist.

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