Since I handed my dissertation in and my exams had finished I felt really strange. No more essays to write, no more deadlines, no more revision, (well until September) but a summer to just relax and do absolutely nothing 🙂
Or so I thought… I spent a week at home being lazy, sleeping in relaxing and found it completely BORING!!! So I decided to get in touch with a local politician to see if there was any work experience or writing I could get involved in.
I helped handing out leaflets after the local elections and attended meetings where they discussed local politics and it was very interesting.
Volunteering is a great way to show employers that you have given up your spare time to get involved in something extra alongside your degree and shows a commitment.
Edge Hill University’s Students’ Union celebrated its first ever Volunteer Awards on Monday! It was a fantastic time for me as it was the day my dissertation was due in so it was lovely to relax in the evening!
The ceremony took place Hale Hall and recognised the achievements of over 100 student volunteers, and the work they have done over the past year to improve relations between students and the local community. I was up for an award for being a student representative for Criminology> I was thrilled to win a certificate recognising my contribution to the university, which was an honour.
I was recently nominated as a student rep by the Criminology department to receive an award for hard work and dedication. Yesterday I found out I have now been short listed to the final ten students in the running to receive the ‘Student Representative of the Year Award’ I am extremely excited. The award ceremony is on the 23rd of April 2012 which coincidentally the due date for my dissertation, so it will be a nice celebration to spend the evening at the awards. I will be receiving a certificate for being a student rep but to win the award would be an amazing achievement so I am really looking forward to it and I know I will be very nervous on the night. Will let you know how it goes 🙂
I don’t know if I have mentioned this before but i am and have been for three years a student representative for Criminology. The role of a student rep is to be a voice for the students on your course. In first year I introduced myself in the first lecture so everybody knew who I was. Students approach you for all different kins of reasons either, problems with the course, tutors, funding, jobs, or even personal reasons. As a student rep it is your job to be there for students and to help them with any issues or concerns.
Today is my last ever student rep meeting at the Students Union 1-3pm 🙁 I have loved my role as a rep and it has helped me develop my communication skills, meet new people, help others, be involved with Criminology and it is great for my CV. I would encourage anyone coming to Edge Hill to put themselves up as a student rep as it is very rewarding and makes your experience at university that little bit more special.
Take every opportunity at university because the rewards are endless 🙂