Passionate OS Talk Inspires Lower 6th
The College HE & Careers Department had the great pleasure of welcoming back OS Carys Page (BH, 06-14) to speak to the Lower 6th as part of their Pathways programme of preparation sessions for University life and beyond. Carys is avidly awaiting her Degree results, following the completion of her Degree in Politics from Loughborough University and is listed in 57th position within the Tab Future 100, a definitive list of 100 women at UK universities who are set to achieve incredible things in the future.
Carys spoke eloquently and passionately to her engaged audience about the opportunities available at University. She spoke candidly about her lack of engagement beyond her studies and some sporting activities during her first year but that she embraced volunteering for the Student Union in her second year and had not looked back since. Carys is passionate about equality and welfare issues and in particular women’s equality and consent education. In 2015 she became SU Women’s Officer and through her dedication to the role and development of the University’s first ever Consent Week she was awarded Committee Member of the Year, won Campaign/Event of the Year and was also crowned Team of the Year. She built on this success in 2016 by joining the Union Affairs Committee and became the first ever student to sit on a University Working Group with senior University Managers. She has just been recognised by the University for her outstanding contribution to Welfare and Diversity and has been awarded just one of twelve Loughborough Experience Awards which seek to recognise students and staff who have made an exceptional contribution to the Loughborough Experience.
Carys spoke with great expression about the broad and sometimes unexpected benefits of volunteering on a personal and social level. These included growing self confidence and, from a career aspect, gaining valuable skills such as project, team and time management skills that can be transferred to working life after the completion of degree studies. She highlighted that University volunteering opportunities were endless, and that no matter what personal interests might be, there would be an opportunity to volunteer and enhance your University experience and develop as a person. She was realistic in her advocacy though, and made it clear that the onus was on the student themselves to complete their degree studies and that dedication should be spread equally between studies, volunteering and socialising – her wonderful analogy of 8,8,8 resonated with all in the room – not just those in the Lower 6th - 8 hours sleep, 8 hours work and 8 hours free time.
Carys’ passion for volunteering and welfare in particular was infectious and it was clear to see the personal benefits she felt she had gained through her University years. It was clear that her dedication had made a lasting and positive impact on the University she is about to graduate from. Despite wishing she could trade places with the Lower 6th sitting in front of her, to enable her to do her University studies all over again, Carys was looking to the future: she has chosen to live permanently in Loughborough and is pursuing a career within the welfare sector and in particular surrounding consent education. If she is unable to find the exact role to match her talents and passions she is considering setting up her own business to fill a gap within consent education, an issue of vital importance to the whole of Society.
We would like to thank Carys enormously for giving up her time to share her volunteering expertise and University experiences with the Lower 6th. It is invaluable for them to be able to hear the realities of life beyond school from someone who sat in their seats only a few years before. All at the College and OS Society wish Carys huge success with her degree results later this week and also beyond to her future career and know that she will make a real difference to all the lives she touches through her work.