Harri McLady, Flexible Combined Honours
Where do you volunteer?
I'm involved with a bunch of volunteering opportunities this year. I'm currently on the FXU Leadership Team as Community Chair - this has been a great opportunity to find more about students' unions and how they work.
This year I've gotten involved with student representation as well, as Politics Subject Chair, ensuring that students have a voice which can raise concerns and echo praises.
Elsewhere, I'm a Challenge Leader for the RAD Prague Marathon. I'm taking a team to Prague in May to run the marathon and I'm helping them with their fundraising for our charity, Meningitis Research Foundation.
And soon I will be volunteering my time at the Dracaena Legal Centre to provide the local community with Pro-Bono legal advice, linking with top legal professionals in London over online video-chat.
Why do you volunteer?
Growing up, I went to a school where if you weren't doing busy from 7.30am to 7.30pm you weren't doing enough. This passion for doing more than just my course pushed me out of my comfort zone this year by getting involved with all types of university experience. It's demonstrated a whole new side to me that I didn't think was possible and provided me with a great set of friends that are supportive and love to run on adrenaline, just like me!
What has been your most rewarding moment?
I'd definitely say fundraising for the marathon. Even though it has come with it's own set of challenges, I've learned a lot about myself and what kind of leader I am. Working with the charity has been so rewarding and the work that they do for so many people is astounding; I know that the money raised for them will go to a deserving place.
What would you say to someone thinking about volunteering?
Honestly, go for it! The friends I've made through my time volunteering this year have made me so incredibly fortunate of coming here and pushed me to improve myself as a leader. If you've got time to spare and want to do something meaningful with your time, this is the best way to do it. It might also sound a little silly, but even when I got my hoodie for 25 hours volunteering logged, I was quietly super happy and having something physical to prove to myself my achievements has been so rewarding. So, have a go, do some good and I promise you will get something back from it.