So what does your job actually involve? Tell us all about it!
I'm part of the community team who work with a wonderful group of volunteers who help us to manage TSR. Together we support students with their journey through education and their highs and lows of day-to-day life. We do this through creating helpful content and advice, responding to questions and chatting to our member's on the forums. I also look after our Twitter feed, sharing helpful information to our diverse range of followers who include students, schools, colleges, universities, charities and businesses.
What's the most unique part of your role at The Student Rom?
I love helping universities and students to connect. More and more on Twitter I'm seeing prospective students reaching out to universities who respond and direct them to our individual university forums here on TSR . Those students can then meet and chat with their potential university peers and become part of a community that is already well established before starting university. It's an honour to be part of such an exciting journey. Of course there is the fun element too! On pancake day we popped down to the beach to flip pancakes in the air hoping that the seagulls would catch them - they did! We filmed it and shared it with the community as part of our pancake competition. At the moment I'm also collating member's favourite study songs to build a community revision playlist to help get them through their revision period.
What do you find most exciting about working in the student & youth market?
I learn something from our community every day. Anyone who thinks that young people aren't engaged in politics or societal issues need to check out TSR's Model House of Commons, our Model United Nations and our Debate and Current Affairs forums. It's very inspiring to see so many young people passionately debate government bills, legislation and breaking news, whilst also sharing their knowledge and opinions so respectfully with their peers.
If you could give your student self one piece of advice what would it be?
To realise that the 'wrong' direction is always the 'right' one so not to worry so much! And when something goes wrong, maybe you didn't get the grade in the exam you wanted or the best mark in your essay, to appreciate that something positive will always come from it if you reflect and learn from that experience.... "When it rains look for rainbows, when it's dark look for stars" :D