The life of a CLL student – part 2
So, I’m now in my 3rd and final year of the Early Childhood Foundation Degree. I really don’t know where the time has gone! It seems unbelievable that next term I’ll be submitting my last 3 assignments, then I will have completed the Foundation Degree. But, before I jump ahead to next term, I’m going to focus on this term and what I’ve been up to so far.
Before I started this term, I expected it to be a busy one, and it hasn’t disappointed! The module that we are working on this term is ‘Inclusion and Special Educational Needs and Disability in Early Childhood’, and I’m finding it really interesting. I submitted my first assignment on 18 November. That was hard going, for a number of reasons: 1. it was only a 2000-word assignment, and I did so much reading prior to writing it, it was a nightmare trying to condense it down into 2000 words. 2. it was the first assignment after the summer break. And, I do find that the first assignment, of a new academic year, is the most difficult. I guess I’m probably not alone on this, but, when I have my summer break, I like to switch off from studying and student-life. However, having a long summer holiday doesn’t help you in your first term back, when you’ve forgotten (almost) everything about academic writing, how to structure an assignment, how Moodle works, etc. The first assignment of the new term feels like the first assignment you’ve ever written, and that was exactly how this assignment felt. Hopefully, I’ll be back on track by the next one!
This term I’ve signed up as a ‘Warwick Volunteer’ on their ‘Right to Read’ project. Right to Read volunteers provide one-to-one support for children in primary and secondary schools, to improve their reading ability and increase their confidence and self-esteem. It’s such a great project to get involved with, and I’ve already received my placement, which is at a local primary school in Coventry. The placement starts in the second week of the second term, and I’m really looking forward to it. Warwick Volunteers has many opportunities available to students each year, they can even help you set up your own project. For more information about Warwick Volunteers, click on the following link: https://warwick.ac.uk/about/community/volunteers/
In terms of workshops, I’ve only had the time to attend one this term, and that was the ‘Introduction to Emotional Intelligence’. It was a 2-hour workshop, which introduced the concept of emotional intelligence, and covered how important it is for building successful relationships and improving study, life and work effectiveness. I found the workshop very informative and I enjoyed the style of teaching. I’m hoping to get the chance to book on to another workshop next term. For more information on the ‘free’ undergraduate skills workshops on offer, click on the following link: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/skills/events/ugworkshops/.
Finally, I’m also continuing with my other roles, at Warwick – Digital Skills Mentor (DSM), Student Ambassador & Student Blogger. I’m providing IT support for CLL students, in my DSM role. The Student Ambassador role is varied, but I was involved in meeting new CLL students and campus tours at the start of this term. And, I’m continuing my role as a student blogger. So, it’s been quite a busy term. But, I’ve only got one more class then it’s the Christmas break, then onwards and upwards, into term 2 we go!