Students of WEST

You are the students of WEST with the capability to be Westminster’s Efficient, Successful and Triumphant students. If you utilise your resources wisely taking on board all the opportunities available (Efficiency), this should lead you to wanting to aim high and achieve excellence (Successful), so that by the time you leave University and throughout your life you will be a winner (Triumphant).

There are some of you who can do this on your own and there are some who need a gentle nudge in the right direction. But every single one of you has an idea, talent or skills which if mastered
or put to good use can not only benefit you but be a source of help to others. Hopefully this blog will help people in wanting to achieve these qualities. It won’t make one an overnight success. Rather it is meant to be a gentle nudge so that one can pave their own road in life, whilst at the same time benefiting others (for the students, by the students). It is a simple way for advice, wisdom and knowledge to be passed to others.So why not use this blog as a platform to either develop yourself or to help others develop. This blog was created for the students by SSA Cavendish which is run by students where you can write an article, make a short film, animation, sound bite, presentation on something you feel is of importance. There are some obvious categories you could focus on, however if you think something is missing that you think is necessary simply email studentsofwest@outlook.com

What we focus on are:

Study skills: If you are efficient with revision techniques, exam tips, assignments and reading then maybe students would benefit from your experience. Or if there is a skill you’ve wanted to look into but never got around to doing maybe you could write a post about it.

Personal development and Work skills: This is important and we often forget this. Yes, we have three years of a University degree but we should begin to look into skills that we will need throughout life. The ability to be assertive is crucial when dealing with people at work, with customers and in general. It’s that ability to achieve the balance between aggressiveness and passiveness whilst at the same time keeping your emotions under control. So can you deal with difficult behaviour from customers, bosses, colleagues and students? Are you efficient with time-management, goal mapping, communication or portraying confidence? Yes! We want to know. We will be developing our CV’s to suit the demanding world out there. However, let us not forget to develop ourselves, for example our character and behaviour.

Health and nutrition: Health and nutrition are important to being successful. We won’t reach our full potential if we don’t take care of our bodies and what we eat. Well, there is the occasional treat, such as Shafina having a nice big cup of tea and a pack of Viennese whirls nearby for dunking. If you love sports maybe you want to give an insight into your world and why we should get involved. Some of us have such jam-packed schedules that we can’t put in the time for the gym or afford it either, what other alternatives could you offer? Cooking is a skill we should all take away with us. It can also be cost-effective when comparing it to eating out and being on a low budget. Now may be the best time to learn some simple dishes or teach others what you’ve learnt. (Mouth-watering slightly at the thought of a Vapiano’s…no seriously!) For the sake of naughty treats you can send in those unhealthy recipes such as the fatty brownies for the days we need comfort food. Not to say that healthy meals aren’t delicious.

Inspiration and Motivation: What keeps you going when you don’t want to hit those books or get out of bed because you’re in that melancholic mood? Maybe it’s a person, book or simple quote that works for you. Most importantly what crucial lesson did you learn that may inspire or motivate other students.

Volunteering: This is a fantastic way to use those couple of hours you have spare to contribute to society! Whether it’s your student society or something outside of University, it is an immensely rewarding feeling when you give back. Why should students get involved in societies, charities, general activism and most importantly what can be learnt from this?

If you would like to post something or have any queries then email studentsofwest@outlook.com
Your insight could be a video, sound bite, animation or written article but let your creative juices flow. Make this your time to shine. Achieving a well-rounded balance would seem ideal but we don’t want it to be a burden. Take small steps and hopefully it will lead you somewhere.

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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