Carl Jesudas Samuel

How do you feel today on your graduation?
I am overjoyed that I made it through the five years. It’s been a long five years but it’s been worth it. I know that my heart truly lies in medicine.

Looking back over the last five years, has there been a particular highlight or experience that you will remember for the rest of your life?
There are two experiences. One was the tour I took with the rugby team in RCSI to Paris which was great fun. Today though, I will remember until the day I die.

Could you describe your experiences as a Malaysian and an international student in Dublin?
Initially, it may be a little hard to get to know the others but if you take the extra effort to mingle you will find that they are curious about you and Malaysia. Initially there is that cultural difference where you don’t understand each other, but you adapt. That’s what the process is, adapting, learning and making new friends.

Now that you’re qualified, what are you most looking forward to in terms of actually working as a qualified doctor?
To work as a doctor has been my dream since childhood, so now I’m going to have to think of new challenges. I believe I would like to move into academics at some stage. Besides medicine, teaching is also a passion of mine.

You’re joining a large community of graduates now. Would you recommend the experience of having gone to RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus?
I believe the experience of spending two and a half years in another country and then coming back to your own country gives you the best of both worlds. You go there, you learn from them, when you come back you apply your clinical knowledge, as you are going to work in a clinical base in Malaysia.

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of studying medicine at RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus?
I would advise them never to give up. You might not be the brightest student but if you keep at it you will graduate and you will see it’s a damn good feeling.