Oyinda took part in our Pathways to Medicine programme and is now about to start her Foundation Year training as a doctor! Read on to find out what she enjoyed about the programme and how she’s supporting others.

Can you tell us a bit about your background and what led you to apply for the Sutton Trust programme?

“I grew up and schooled in Leeds after my parents migrated here from Nigeria.As I reflected on my next steps, I was always eager to explore opportunities and was frequently researching various initiatives to get involved in during high school and Sixth Form. That’s when I stumbled upon the Sutton Trust, an organisation dedicated to empowering students from similar backgrounds to mine.”

What do you remember about your time on the Sutton Trust programme?

“The Pathways to Medicine programme gave me consistent insight into Medicine as a degree and the application process. Through the Sutton Trust, I gained access to valuable work experience, personal statement guidance, and interview support – all of which would have been much harder to obtain without the programme.  

One of the most memorable experiences was the week-long residential at Hull York Medical School in Year 12. This immersive experience provided me with a holistic understanding of what it’s like to study Medicine and allowed me to connect with like-minded students who shared my aspirations. I formed lifelong friendships during that week. I have now completed my final year of Medicine at Hull York Medical School.”

What has studying medicine been like?

“Studying Medicine has been a challenging yet rewarding journey, requiring countless hours of hard work, commitment, and resilience. I have forged incredible friendships, learnt an immense amount about myself and feel ready to embark on the next stage of my career as a Foundation Year 1 Doctor.   

Alongside this I am a Co-Founder and Director of The Black Excellence Network CIC – an award-winning social enterprise which supports black students across the UK through mentorship, events, consultancy, and community. I am also the Director of Communications at Melanin Medics – a renowned charity which promotes diversity in Medicine. I have also spoken on multiple panels including UCAS Annual Admission Conference where I was able to discuss my experiences and my journey to higher education and touched on how organisations such as the Sutton Trust were essential to my journey.”  

Any final reflections?

“I firmly believe that the work Sutton Trust does is vital for students who may not have equal access to information about higher education. I’m deeply grateful for organisations like Sutton Trust that genuinely strive to support students in achieving their goals.”