Athletics and Recreation

How I balanced extracurricular activites alongside my university studies

How I balanced extracurricular activites alongside my university studies


When I was a student I had a part-time
job at a craft café where I worked every Saturday and Sunday. I was also an
ambassador for the RGS which is the Royal Geographical Society, where you go
into secondary schools and run sessions on geography. And I also did some summer
placements after my second year, so I worked as a Team Leader for the NCS and
I was also an Operations Assistant Intern for the Royal Horticultural
Society. Because I worked every Saturday and Sunday with my part-time job I made sure
I didn’t do any uni work at weekends and I just dedicated my weekdays to
doing the University work, just so that it wasn’t too much going on at the
weekends and I could just focus on the weekdays. And with the RGS it was
really flexible so you could do one session a week, you could do one session
every six months, it was completely up to you and you could decide what days you did
it as well, so it just meant that when I had sort of a quiet week at uni I could
try and fit some sessions in then. I already had my part-time job before I
started university so I just carried it on just to earn some extra money whilst
I was a student, and I decided to do the RGS scheme because I thought it might
look really good on my CV, but I also gained so much more from it. So you’re
infront of a classroom of up to thirty pupils and you’re running presentations,
so you gain so much confidence and you gain so many communication skills as
well that it really looked good on my CV. I then decided to do my
summer placements over summer just to gain something a bit different. I’d
already had quite a lot of experience in sort of hospitality and catering and I
just decided to do something completely different and experience something new.


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