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I would encourage every student to partake in volunteering during their university experience, it was such a fulfilling experience.

More about Jessica

Why did you decide to choose a community-engaged learning project?

Whilst studying Business Management at NTU, I wanted to seize the opportunity to gain experience and take part in extracurricular activities. I came across the ‘Inclusivity and Diversity Project’ ran by the charity First Steps. I knew this would be perfect for me, as it linked with my degree modules and help me with my career choice.

What was your experience of working on a project that benefitted the charity?

As a member of First Steps’ volunteering staff, I developed and implemented the transgender narrative for their social media campaign in June, aligning with PRIDE month. It was fulfilling to witness my work being interacted by the charity’s followers.

What did you learn from the experience?

This project has been a learning experience for me, into eating disorders and barriers facing individuals to seek support, an area that I had had little exposure to before the volunteering project. I was able to have virtual one-on-one communication with members from the trans community, providing an insight into their struggles that will stay with me long after the project is completed.

What would you say to other students who have the option to engage with a Community Engaged Learning project?

I would encourage every student to partake in the form of volunteering during their university experience. Volunteering on a CV demonstrates initiative and commitment, giving back to the community and invaluable life experience.

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