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Darya Shiri is keeping up the family tradition of medicine and after scoring 2A* and an A at A level will be following in her parents’ footsteps and becoming a doctor.

It was not always going to be the case – Darya who has been at Newcastle High since year 7 was considering studying Chemical Engineering, as much as a point of defiance as a career choice.   Her Father was very keen for her to use her talents and become a doctor.

After the school arranged work experience in both Chemical Engineering and Medicine in the summer after GCSEs, Darya had to admit that medicine was her vocational calling.   She admits to not having told her father of her decision immediately just to keep him guessing.

Darya said:

“The turning point came when I was doing my work experience at the Freeman Hospital, I really loved it.  I’m so delighted to have got in to Bristol University which has a strong creative approach to medicine – I did a combination of A levels that many see as strange for a career in medicine as I combined Fine Art with Science.  I love my science and my Art and the school have been very supportive in helping me achieve all I could in my A levels.”

Darya has deferred her entry for a year and is going to combine travelling with gaining more work experience and in her Gap Year and is hoping to volunteer in a hospital for AIDS patients in Barbados.

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