The story of my life (starring YOU, SSA and the Universities Learning and Academic Support)

By SSA Cavendish (Shafina Khatun)

WARNING ALERT: What you are about to read is very cheesy, but it was good fun to write.

You’re sitting somewhere in your campus. Perhaps in the library, social space or lunch area. Textbook out, pen in between your forefinger and middle finger, moving it back and forth. You are frowning in confusion. You release a gentle sigh. An SSA member with the signature brightly coloured t-shirt walks in. The member stops and watches you struggling.

SSA member: hello my friend you okay there?

You: yeah…well…no. I’m having difficulty with this assignment.

SSA member sits next to you.

SSA member: gently having trouble with other things as well. Essay writing, critical thinking, presentation skills?

You raise an eyebrow and say nervously

You: erm how do you know?

SSA member shrugs shoulders

SSA member: I know these things.


SSA member: you know what you need?

You shake your head

SSA member: speaks fast A series of workshops aimed at helping you succeed in your studies. Struggling with writing that essay?  Unable to critically review your literature in front of you? Too shy to stand up in front of a crowd to give your presentation because someone told you to imagine the audience in their underwear? Well that won’t work. Let me tell you why. Cos’ that’s too AWKWARD!

You frown gently

You: hang on hang on. For your information no one’s ever given me that advice. You sound just like one of those companies on the internet trying to make students pay to have their assignments written by them. That’s not what you’re doing is it?

SSA member gently laughs

SSA member: no of course not. I got a bit carried away. These are workshops provided absolutely free by our own University. You can find the sign up list here. They take place in all the campuses but you need to sign up quick before they all go.

You: oh thanks. That will really help. But what if I can’t make it to the workshops, or they’ve all filled up?

SSA member: then no need to worry. You can book a personal one to one session with advisors. Check out the university webpage for who the advisors are and what they offer. Also have a look on blackboard under the tab ‘study skills’ and see what’s on offer.

You glance down for a moment and look back up to see the SSA member mysteriously gone.

You: Thanks for the-hey where did you go?

You nervously look back down at your textbook whilst darting your eyes from side to side every so often.


About studentsofwest

This blog was created for the students of Westminster university. WEST stands for Westminster's efficient, successful and triumphant students. Hopefully this blog will help students in wanting to achieve these qualities. It won't make student's an overnight successes. Rather it is meant to be a gentle nudge for the student so that they pave their own road in life, whilst at the same time benefitting other students (for the students, by the students). Students can email in their ideas and queries to Finally: Mother to Son Well, son, I’ll tell you: Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair. It’s had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor— Bare. But all the time I’se been a-climbin’ on, And reachin’ landin’s, And turnin’ corners, And sometimes goin’ in the dark Where there ain’t been no light. So boy, don’t you turn back. Don’t you set down on the steps ’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard. Don’t you fall now— For I’se still goin’, honey, I’se still climbin’, And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair. By Langston Hughes You can make it students of WEST!
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