About Mala

Twitter: @malamawks | Instagram: @malamawkin

Hi I’m Mala Mawkin. I am a medical student in my final year. A little bit about myself:

At Imperial I am a member of a few clubs (NETBALL) which you will hear lots about, and I was Bernard Sunley and Southwell Halls Representative. I was on the Imperial School Medicine Student Union as Social Secretary 2014-15 then Head of Events for 2015-2016, Deputy President 2016-17 and Shrove Tuesday Final Year Dinner Chair (STFYD) 2017-18. I am also involved in our Medics Gazette as Education Editor and now Features Editor.

I am now also the Medical Women’s Federation UK Student Trustee and also representative for Imperial College London Medics.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions! 🙂


25 comments for “About Mala

  1. Arunima Banerjee says:

    Hey mala 🙂 , i m a 12th grade student from india n i want to do my mbbs from imperial but a bit nervous because i hv never been to UK n i barely know anything bout the place the university, people n everything …. Help me out !!
    What should i do ? Should i look forward to it ?

    1. Mala Mawkin says:

      Hey! Thanks for getting in touch. I think it’s great that you are thinking of coming to Imperial- really recommend it! I could not begin to imagine what it would be like to move to the UK to study, but I have quite a few friends here who are International Students and they really love it so I wouldn’t worry too much about that! In terms of what you should do, it is best to get in touch with your career advisers and teachers at school for more help on applications. But please have a read through Imperial Website and if you have any more questions feel free to contact me again or the medical school directly! Good luck! 🙂


      1. Arunima Banerjee says:

        Thank you so much …. 🙂

  2. Hey……. How are you?… I am doing 12… In india and i want to do mbbs in imperial collage…so….please tell me .what should i do for get addmision…….

    1. Mala Mawkin says:

      Hey! Great to hear that you are thinking of coming to Imperial. Best thing to do is have a quick look at the Imperial website for admission requirements and work as hard as you can to get best grades you can. Good luck with everything 🙂

  3. Sijia Yao says:

    Hi I’m a student looking into doing medicine at university. Though its early days I am really worried that everyone applying will be far better than me : writing medical blogs, saving babies etc. and like yourself: so many awards!! I only have my piano as an extra curricular, so please could you give me some advice about what I can do to improve my situation for a better application and maybe how I can approach these opportunities ? Thank you

    1. Mala Mawkin says:

      Hi! Thanks for the kind words. Please don’t worry too much about the competition. In terms of extra curricular piano is great! Maybe think about joining a new club at school or doing some volunteer work? Main thing is to spend time doing things you enjoy so you get the most out of it and learn some great skills! Work hard and I am sure you can do it. Good luck 🙂 Mala

  4. Sijia Yao says:

    Woah… NASA!

  5. Marston Hillier says:

    Just wanted to say that I think your blog is awesome!

    Especially useful was the piece on interviews – as I had mine a few weeks ago and I re-read the post just before I went in for my interview to get my brain in the right place. Sadly, I didn’t have the foresight to leave you a bar of chocolate! 🙁

    But anyway, you’ll be seeing me come October – and that’s at least partly your fault, so thank you!

    Thankies & please keep posting because it’s so interesting!

    – Marston

    1. Mala Mawkin says:

      Hi Marston,

      So glad to hear! I am so pleased that you got a place- look forward to meeting you soon!!!!

      Congratulations and thanks for the kind words. Here if you have any questions before arriving!

      Mala 🙂

  6. Sarah says:

    Hello Mala!
    You truly are an inspiration. I am hoping to apply to Imperial this year to study medicine, however I feel as I will not have a good chance as I have not done anything amazing like you have, all I do is volunteer at a old peoples home. What can I do to maximise my chances of success?

    1. Mala Mawkin says:

      Hi Sarah!

      Thanks so much for the kind message. Really glad to hear you are thinking of applying. Firstly make sure you get the academic side covered and get the predicted grades you need, then if you can’t find work experience in a hospital do not worry- it is hard! Maybe see if you can develop a relationship with someone at the care home and research into their condition- maybe see if you can get some work experience at a lab that looks into it. In addition, take up a hobby if you think you need another one. As I said before, don’t be put off by everyone else’s application…just make yours as strong as possible. Good luck. Let me know if you need anything 🙂


  7. Mya N R says:

    Hi, I’m going to be starting medical school soon. I was wondering what kind of activities you get involved in as a rep for women’s medical federation. Currently debating whether to get involved or not and wanted to ask your experiences of it.

  8. SUBHADRA JHA says:

    Hi Mala!
    I am from india and looking for doing my master in electrical and electronic engineering from imperial with inlaks shivdasani organization scholarship program for indian student. please suggest is it good for me or not? you are doing great job by helping them in their carrier option,well done.

    Thank You

  9. Georgina says:

    Hi Mala,
    Really quick question, I was just looking at the different types of university accomodation for freshers, and I accidently ended up on this page! Oops. Anyway I thought it might be worth asking what your recommendation is? Twin, single, ensuite etc?
    Georgina xox

  10. Jack says:

    Hi Mala,
    I have been at an all boys boarding school for the last 7 years and so really dont want that same experience at uni. Is the difference in male and female numbers at imperial really noticeable or is the fact that the split on the course is 50/50 mean that for medics this generally isnt really an issue?

    1. Mala Mawkin says:

      Medics are 5050 so its fine, but rest of uni is…improving!! Female ratio is always getting there!!

  11. Jack says:

    Hi Mala,
    I have been at an all boys boarding school for the last 7 years and so really dont want that same experience at uni. Is the difference in male and female numbers at imperial really noticeable or is the fact that the split on the course is 50/50 mean that for medics this generally isnt really an issue?

    1. Mala Mawkin says:

      Hey Jack!

      For medics there really is plenty of girls on our course- we joke about there not being girls at Imperial but honestly there are!! I live with 2 non medic girls and 3 of us medic girls…so we do exist! And as you say medics have probably more girls than boys so really is good fun 🙂 Hope that helps!

  12. Sheena Jagjiwan says:

    Hi Mala,

    I work for a small charity called Medic to Medic based in Harrow. We support trainee health workers through to graduation including Doctors, Nurses, Physiotherapist and Pharmacists. Malawi is unfortunately facing an economic crisis and as a result, Medic to Medic has a funding emergency. Tuition fees at the University of Malawi have increased by 700% this year. In previous years, tuition fee increases have been just for new students, but this year, they will change for all continuing and existing students too.

    Because we support over 40 students, this means we need to raise an excess of £10,000 over the next 2-3 months, just to address this shortfall. We have set up a crowd giving page to get the conversation started. Would it be possible for you to spread the word around about our page and try to raise funds? We would be so grateful if you could take a look at our page, and share it with your friends, family and colleagues to help us spread the word about our campaign through your networks and social media as well.

    We are a small organisation, and if we cannot raise the extra funds, we are going to have to substantially change the way we support our students. It doesn’t take a lot to make a big difference! There’s more information on our crowd giving page (www.crowdfunder.co.uk/malawi-matters)

    Thank you so much for your time.

    Best Wishes,

    Sheena Jagjiwan
    Medic to Medic

  13. Tian Liang says:

    Hey Mala, I’m considering of applying to Imperial’s Medical School but I realise that I do not have any medicine related internships or job experiences at this point in time? What are my best options for now?

  14. Tuvi says:

    Hey Mala !
    I’m Tuvi from India and just like everybody else, I’m trying my level best to get into imperial next year…. As you can imagine, we don’t really have a lot of work experience as in volunteering at old age homes or working in hospitals…what sort of extra curriculars does one need and how necessary is it. Also can you please help me out on the requirements of academic scores

  15. Linh says:

    Hi Mala,
    I am an international student (a Vietnamese) so do you know how competitive it is for a place to get into medicine? Also, do you know if the admission tutor would prefer an academically personal statement or not? Many thanks!

  16. Joe says:

    Hey Mala,

    Hope you are well 

    I’m a press officer for MHRA, the bit of government that regulates medicines and medical devices. Earlier this summer we launched our FakeMeds campaign to raise awareness of the problem of fake and unlicensed medical products, and to encourage young adults not to buy from unsafe and unregistered online sources.

    Your blog is really interesting and we would love to be working more with student medics, especially as our work affects you directly.

    Would you be interested in seeing if there is any way we could work together? It could even be something as simple as sharing ideas?

    Hope to hear back from you.



  17. Maha says:

    Hi mala,

    Im maha and i will graduate soon from high school …whoooooo !!
    I am sppoused to apply for universitys now and im having a really hard time to know which university im going to .
    What i wanted to ask you is ” is medical school as hard as they say it is?
    And what can i do to maintain my grades ?

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