A Week in the Life - Student Diary
Name: Victoria Lipp
Victoria is a student volunteer co-ordinator with Student Community Action (SCA). She is also a Student Scholar with Experience Durham, responsible for workforce development.
I start the week with an early lecture and I spend the rest of the day studying in the Library. On Monday evenings I go to Keenan House, the University’s postgraduate family accommodation, where I am a project leader for the Student Community Action (SCA) run homework club. I have to arrange volunteers for every week to work with the children who live there and lead the games we play after the homework is done.
Lectures take up most of my day, and in the evening I go along to college for a formal. Formals are a really good opportunity to catch up with friends in college and a good excuse not to cook in the evening! In our college, Trevelyan, we have to wear formal clothes and a gown for the meal.
Today I had no lectures so I played squash with my friends in preparation for our college squash match at the weekend. I have plenty of work to catch up on, so spend the afternoon in the Library. In the evening I attend an information event for a college-based outreach project I help to organise. This project gives Trevelyan students the opportunity to work with a local school, mentoring the pupils.
Another early lecture this morning, so I meet up with a friend in the Library Café for coffee afterwards. In the afternoon I work in my role as a Student Scholar for Experience Durham where I’m responsible for workforce development. This means I have to liaise with students and staff who are involved in volunteering to organise and deliver suitable training courses
I spend the morning in the office at Maiden Castle working with Experience Durham. It’s really fun to spend time in an office environment with different people and a nice change from the Library.
Today I organise which volunteers are going to come along to the homework club on Monday so I contact the participants. Rowing is a very popular sport in Durham and in the afternoon I have a rowing session for a few hours.
Today I spend a couple of hours catching up with reading that I have been given over the week, then run through my plans for the homework club on Monday evening. In the afternoon I play in a squah match against another college.
Name: Idunn Helle
College: Trevelyan College
Course: International Relations
Idunn, originally from Norway, is in her 3rd year studying International Relations. She is involved as a volunteer with Student Community Action.
The week starts with an early morning meeting with my co-project leader. We run the Thurston Project, a drama, music and dance group for kids, as part of Student Community Action (SCA). Afterwards I spend a couple of hours on admin work, typing up scripts, lyrics, information letters, etc. Just one lecture, then studying for the rest of the day
After a day of lectures I go to college for the weekly tutor hour. It's completely voluntary, and there's usually free wine and juice.
After my seminars, I take a driving lesson this is really complicated for a learner who's used to driving on the other side of the road! I then meet some friends for coffee before doing homework and heading off to my French evening class.
I have the day off, so I go to town to find props, costumes, and raffle prizes for my SCA project. I contact the section leaders to make sure we all know the plans for the event and drop by the SCA office to pick up the things we're going to use. In the evening, I go to college for formal. It's a cheap 3-course meal, all my friends gathered in one place and a nice opportunity to wear my gown.
Another day of seminars, and in the evening, I meet up with my fellow volunteers to go to the Thurston Project at Bowburn to work with the kids. We're back at the Students' Union about 9pm, and all head to the bar to have a debrief about the session.
Saturdays are usually revision days, but often with an added trip to the market in the City centre with friends. There's always something happening on a Saturday evening; whether it's a social with Thurston or the Scandinavian Society, a birthday or a dinner with friends.
Sunday is another reading and essay-writing day, but rounded off with a jazz and wine evening arranged by SCA. We get a special table for our project, and enjoy just relaxing together.