Hello, I'm Jessica!
My name is Jessica O'Logbon and I am currently a third year medical student at King's College London.
I gained a place at medical school through an unconventional route which has, in turn, inspired many students from similar backgrounds and circumstances. In 2016, I was unsuccessful in all of my applications to medical school. As the only student in my Sixth Form and my family attempting to study Medicine, I had to navigate the process largely by myself - a reality for a lot of aspiring medics. I lacked the knowledge, preparation and guidance for my medical school application and so, I decided to take a gap year to apply again. During that year, I worked on making my new application the best it could be. I got a job as an NHS healthcare assistant, where I was the youngest member of staff to receive the Make a Difference Award, then undertook a clinical placement abroad. I eventually received 3 unconditional offers from my chosen medical schools. By sharing my journey on social media platforms, I have encouraged many other students who have been unsuccessful to try again.
Throughout my time at university so far, I have been a champion for widening participation and supporting young people to pursue their ambitions, regardless of their socioeconomic background, race or gender. I continue to combine my love of medicine and outreach through my volunteering and mentoring positions within university and beyond, in order to positively influence and inspire the next generation. You can find out more about the projects I have been involved in and my achievements here.
I decided to launch Progress with Jess as a platform dedicated to helping prospective and current medical students be the best versions of themselves. My blog provides an insight into life as a medical student and my tips and advice for the medical school application process. In addition, I am a GCSE tutor for Biology, Chemistry and Physics (I achieved 10 A*s in my GCSEs and AAAA in Physics, Chemistry, Biology & Maths at A level).
If you would like more information or a copy of my resume, do not hesitate to get in touch.