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Chelmsford Committee Member of the Month October-Louise Still

Name: Louise Still                                                                                                               

Course: Medicine- Year 3

Campus: Chelmsford

Volunteer Award: Committee Member of the Month


What are your main duties and how do they benefit others?

Currently, I am the President for the Psychiatry and Neuroscience society and the Liberation Officer for the Anglia Ruskin Medical Student's society.


As president, my role is to oversee the running of the society, creating events and holding them for our members.  Our first event is upcoming and is a welcome mixer event- this event benefits others as it allows like minded individuals to meet eachother and to make friendships.


As a Liberation Officer, my role is to ensure ARMS events are inclusive for all- this means making sure we cover a range of events and activities for our members. From non-drinking to drinking evening events and sports activities as well for men and women. I also help to run specific events such as an upcoming event for Black history month.


Alongside this, I have been taking on duties above and beyond my role- recently standing in as acting Vice President when the role became vacant. I was heavily involved in the organisation of Fresher's week which was created to allow the new students an opportunity to socialise- something that has been particularly difficulty in recent times. I have also been the main organiser for the Medic Ball- the biggest event of the year which will bring together medics from all years in the medical school.


What have you enjoyed most about volunteering?

The best thing about working in my committee was the opportunity to give new and current students the chance to socialise and meet new people face to face. It has been extremely challenging in the last couple of years and being able to help fellow students feel a part of the university community was very rewarding.


Creating my committee for PsychNeuro has also been a highlight this year- it has been great to meet more individuals interested in the field and new friendships have been made.


What skills have you learnt and used during your volunteering?

During my time so far, I have learnt how to organise my time effectively- managing my studies and volunteering. I have also been able to develop my leadership skills and have learnt the importance of delegating jobs in an efficient way.


What are your future career aspirations?

In future, I aspire to be a consultant Psychiatrist working for the NHS. My roles will help me significantly in achieving this, as they allow me to network within the professional field of Psychiatry and Neurology, and develop skills in time management and communication which are essential to my success.


What inspires you to volunteer?

Throughout my school and university career, I have always been motivated to volunteer- from being a student ambassador to now being a President. My inspiration to do this has always come from, and still does, the rewarding benefits of seeing fellow student's thrive and enjoy themselves outside of the lecture theatre. Particularly studying at such a new Medical School- I am passionate about helping its name grow and creating opportunities for students to take part in events and become part of the university community.


What is your favourite volunteering memory?

My favourite memory comes from Fresher's week- a group of student's approached me and thanked me and the rest of the committee for organising the social events we held, and said that they have made many new friends as a result of this. They went on to say that without the events, they would have struggled to meet others. This was extremely rewarding, and has made my time working for societies worth it.


Why do you love volunteering?

I love volunteering because I love contributing to the university community and seeing other student's enjoy themselves. I also get enjoyment out of attending the events myself and I feel grateful that I am in a position where I can create an impact and also make new friends.