Every year at university is an eventful one, depending on how you decide to spend it. You have your highs and lows, your best and worst, the good and the bad. And once in a while I like to reflect on how my year was once I am done with it.
I successfully made it as secretary for Childreach, a charity society, and have learnt a massive deal in regards to team work, group effort, the importance of effective communication and organisation skills. I hope to learn a lot more over the course of the next academic year.
I was also selected to be the Lead Student Representative for the Leicester International Study Centre during their review period. This role strengthened my leadership skills significantly, more so my confidence as this position involved a great deal of communication, both in person and through emails.
The experience I enjoyed the most was working as the Student Ambassador for the Leicester School of Management. My job was to assist the Management department during the Visit Days and answer any specific queries that prospective students may have regarding the course or more general questions they may have about university/student life. As a current student, I was asked, by the department, if I would be comfortable giving a testimonial during the department talk. My initial decision was to say no because talking in front of 50 something students and parents whilst standing in the middle of a large lecture theatre is daunting enough! But I knew I had to say yes because this was the right time to conquer my fear of public speaking and also dismiss my assumption of constantly being judged. Long story short, I did it. Not once, but on all the 4 Visit Days I volunteered to work on. It was a refreshing experience. The feedback was great. And now even though my nervousness when speaking in front of an audience persists, it won’t stop me from taking up wonderful opportunities. Many thanks to the Leicester School of Management.
Another experience I have loved is participating in university photoshoots. I came across so many wonderful people that I otherwise wouldn’t have had the chance to meet. Seeing yourself in the university prospectus is a feeling I can’t explain. It is overwhelming. Knowing that you have somehow made a mark is an exceptional feeling and I am thankful to the department and staff for helping me do it.
I also did a little bit of traveling, something I didn’t do during my first year. It wasn’t much, but I toured different parts of London with my cousin who was visiting earlier this year. It was refreshing to get a little break from university. I intend to travel a little more during my final year and therefore I must learn to balance my academic work more efficiently, which brings me to the low, worst and bad I was talking about in the first few sentences of this post. I ALMOST missed the deadline for an essay submission. I left it to the very last minute and while I was submitting my work on Blackboard, something went wrong with the Internet connection. As dramatic as it sounds, I actually felt the life draining out of me. I literally ran to campus and the Management Office was kind enough to help me out. It all ended well but I mentally slapped myself after going back to my room and pledged (cue dramatic epic music here) to never leave anything to the last minute.
I think I have rambled enough for now. Do tell me about some of the best experiences you have had in the comment section below! I’d love to read them!
Peace out! 🙂