So what does your job actually involve? Tell us all about it
I have the amazing job of working directly within our extraordinary TSR community. I look after the Life Around Learning section of our site, which includes Community, Debate and Current Affairs, Entertainment, and Life and Style forums. I help lead the Support Team, which is made up of about 60 wonderful volunteers. We work together to really listen to what students are saying, provide awesome advice, and be a source of support to students all over the UK (and sometimes the world!).
What's the most unique part of your role at The Student Room?
Every day I get to come to work and be surrounded by people who are so genuinely passionate about fighting for students. From the Community Team in the office, to the Support Team online, there is such love for what we do. TSR is a place where students can have raw and real conversations, and I'm proud to be here to support them with what they really need.
What do you find most exciting about working in the student & youth market?
I love how open, confident and genuine the young people on our site can be. We get an insight into what life is really like for them, and our platform doesn't shy away from the more 'warts and all' topics. The users jump straight into these discussions, and they're not afraid to tell the truth. We also see the most beautiful side of humanity when students come together to welcome and help each other. I'm often humbled by the interactions I see on our site. It's a privilege to hear the voices of our young people, and make sure the world listens.
If you could give your student self one piece of advice what would it be?
Do what you love and be kind to yourself. I think there's so much pressure on students to fit a certain mould, or make particular decisions, or achieve goals by some magical society-defined deadline. It's just not realistic. However, if you love something, you will be happier and more successful. Go passionately toward the things that excite you in life, and if you change your mind - that's okay! Take time to be mindful, fill your life up with positive things and people, pay attention to your mental and physical health, and be grateful for the good stuff.