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15th March 2019

The Science department was thrilled to welcome ex-student Maya Le Garnec back to College recently, to work with Biology students who are interested in entering the world of medicine and care.



With a great story of triumph to tell, Maya is a fantastic example of a determined and motivated St Brendan’s student. She graduated in 2017 with A’s in both Biology and Chemistry and an A* in Psychology. Before heading off to university, Maya had her heart set on travelling and taking a gap year, but applied to med school before she set off – she was disheartened to hear that she was unsuccessful. Taking a year to gather her thoughts and see the world, Maya grasped the opportunity of a medical placement in Sri Lanka, before heading to India, Thailand and Cambodia.

Last year Maya returned to the UK, with her sights set firmly on Med School once again. “I kept in contact with my Biology teacher Jo and emailed her asking for emergency help! She was great and put me in contact with lots of people. Most importantly, she introduced me to Ben” she explained.

Dr Ben Walton works with St Brendan’s Biomed students often; providing them with amazing opportunities to get insight into the world of Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine. Ben took Maya under his wing and gave her highly sought-after experiences within the field; she went to work with him, sat in on surgeries and completed daily mock interviews with him over Facetime! With a ‘can do’ attitude and a marvellous mentor, Maya has now secured a place at the University of Plymouth to study Medicine. Before heading off to study in September, Maya is taking “just one more trip” and will be heading to South America for the summer.

Maya will be keeping us updated on her progress and is happy to return to College to talk to and inspire students. We look forward to following her journey!