Becoming a mentor

During my third year of university, I decided to become a mentor to first year undergraduate students and also study abroad students coming to Sheffield for a semester. I felt that I had good advice that I could give to first year students and was interested in the chance to meet new people. In addition, having completed a year abroad in Australia last year, I thought that I could offer good advice to study abroad students in terms of dealing with issues such as homesickness or culture shock. Continue reading

Emotional first aid

Over the Christmas holidays, whilst procrastinating from my dissertation research, I decided to listen to some TED talks in the hope of finding some inspiration from somewhere. I found myself listening to a talk by Guy Winch entitled ‘why we all need to practice emotional first aid’. This talk encouraged me to think about the way in which I take care of my psychological health at university. Amidst the stress of exams, assignments and being away from home, it is easy to forget to take time for self-care. In his talk, Guy Winch talked about the importance of closing the gap between physical and psychological health. Psychological health is commonly seen as less important than physical health. However, our mental health is just as crucial as physical health. In this post, I will share some of my favourite tips for self-care at university.  Continue reading

Back to school

As a confused third year history student, I have made it my mission to gain as much work experience as possible. Hopefully, this will encourage a graduate scheme not to reject me. Whenever people hear that I am studying a history degree, they automatically ask ‘what are you going to do with that, become a teacher?’ As a result of this, I thought it would be beneficial to gain some work experience in a school. I noticed that the volunteering office at the University had many schemes that would enable me to gain work experience with children. The one that stood out to me the most was the ‘literacy champions’ project; which is the subject of this blog post. Continue reading