Time to wake up. It's a Thursday so my classes don't start until 1.00pm but that doesn't mean I get to lie in. I like to keep busy and make the most of my time at University so I get up, shower and make myself some breakfast ready for a packed day ahead.
Onto my laptop to check some emails. As a student representative and student ambassador I regularly have emails from students and academic staff. I rattle off a few replies and then head out for a meeting
I arrive just in time for an Early Help meeting (or common assessment framework) to attend on behalf of a volunteering opportunity I secured through the University’s Volun-tees programme. I volunteer for a charity that works with families and children with emotional, social and behavioural issues. I meet with a child and their family and a range of professionals who contribute to developing an action plan for supporting this family including a school teacher, social worker and play therapist. The volunteer role relates to one of my current modules so is a fantastic opportunity for my development and CV.
I’m buzzing with excitement from my earlier meeting. The talk with the family went really well and I love getting to put the theory behind my modules into practice. I head onto campus and swing by Costa Coffee in the library to get my caffeine fix for the day. I’ve got a bit more to get done on one of my assignments so I head to Clarendon and log onto a computer. I’m wearing my school representative hoodie so every now and again students or staff stop by for a chat which is always lovely.
t’s lunchtime now so I’m off to meet a friend in the Students’ Union (SU). I’ve got loads done this morning and have even managed to get prepared for tomorrow by writing an agenda for the school rep team meeting. The SU is heaving and I get a big wave from the student officers on the way in. I love it here because you run into lots of other people you know and the atmosphere is so welcoming and friendly. I scoff some yummy food – a chicken wrap and curly fries while my friend went for the famous Teesside parmo.
After spending an hour or so in the Students’ Union I head to my lecture, which is two hours on safeguarding children. The lecturer is awesome and really funny so I’m raring to go – when you’re studying something you’re passionate each lecture/seminar offers something new and exciting. After this I’ve a two-hour seminar on policy in the early years. Before the seminar starts I grab a quick coffee from one of the coffee stands which are across the campus.
That’s it for the day, no more lectures, so I get myself to the gym for a yoga class. It’s peak time and pretty busy. I like to treat every day like I have a job so I’m in a productive routine. I decide to stay back and do some cardio and stretches. I’m on the University rowing team so keeping my fitness up is essential.
Home time. I live in private student housing which is amazing because I got a kitten so I’m looking forward to getting home and seeing her. She’s called Rory and getting to have her has been the best part about moving away from home (mum would never let me have a pet other than a hamster.) I make egg fried rice tonight and then decide what to do. I usually go out, see friends or have a night in. Tonight I opt for a night in reading, I’m tired after a long day and it’s nice to read something other than textbooks.
I’m pretty nerdy tonight, even if I say so myself. I get my laptop out to look over some more things for tomorrow and I work a little on my next assignment which is due in a few weeks’ time.
I jump into bed. I’m pretty tired but I like to unwind before sleeping by watching some YouTube videos. Tomorrow is another busy day.