Name: Mustafa Irshad Waliullah Akhtar
Course: Medicine Year 3
Volunteer Award: Rep of the Month
'It has been hard work but it has been rewarding in that I have helped bring many positive changes and really left my mark on the university'
What are your main duties and how do they benefit others?
I collect feedback and present it to the staff, helping to better the course as we learn it.
What have you enjoyed most about volunteering?
It has been hard work but it has been rewarding in that I have helped bring many positive changes and really left my mark on the university.
What skills have you learnt and used during your volunteering?
I have learnt how to be the bearer of bad news when necessary and how to be professional when faced with adversity.
What are your future career aspirations?
I hope to become an excellent doctor and communication skills will prove vital in this journey.
What inspires you to volunteer?
The knowledge that I have helped the course develop, especially since we are the first year ever. It gives me a sense of accomplishment.
What is your favourite volunteering memory?
There were moments I felt that a lot of people were relying on me to convey the emotion of us students to the staff. At the time it was stressful and felt like a lot of responsibility but there are few better feelings than knowing you handled that responsibility well.
Why do you love volunteering?
It can benefit so many.
Do you have any last thoughts or comments?
It has been undoubtedly difficult to be course rep at a time like this. So many students struggling with the situation and staff unable to accommodate through no fault of their own. I am proud of myself for this one meeting with a member of staff where I felt I deescalated the conflict and really helped the staff understand what it is like to be a student during a pandemic.