Remembering my time as a college student, I am reminded of how overwhelmed and apprehensive I felt, having suddenly been given full creative freedom over my ideas and assignments. It was a shock, to say the least, following such a structured and academic secondary school experience. Early on in my internship, I expressed my eagerness to encourage self-confidence among the students - both with their academic abilities and their creative ideas - following such a disruptive and unsettling year.
I’ve been awestruck by the standard of work produced by the Monoux students and their spirit and resolve to succeed, despite the uncertainties of the Covid-19 climate. It’s been a pleasure to be involved in aiding the journalism student’s fantastic magazine spread projects and news articles. Their work has been timely, articulate and engaging, and I hope they all continue to write after they graduate college.
If I could give the students an advice, it would be an effective time-management method that I was introduced to in my first year of university: the Pomodoro Technique. Created in the late 1980’s, it’s a useful practice if you get distracted while working on an assignment or struggle with time management. The technique uses a timer to break down work into 25-minute bursts, separated by short, typically five-minute breaks. This method makes an overwhelming workload feel much more manageable. You can read more about it here.
I have every faith that the Monoux students will harness their drive and determination to succeed in their chosen sectors, and I wish them the best of luck with their future studies and employment. I shall be sure to bring their ambition and positive attitude as I embark on my final year of studying journalism and media at Birkbeck UoL.
Journalist & Media Student @ Birkbeck, University of London
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