Postgraduate Journalism student Snehal Sharma offers his perspective on volunteering.
“There is a great joy in giving, greater still in enabling and empowering a greater number of people to give alongside and create a more tangible imprint. As an international student I was away from my comfort zone and the challenge lay in adapting to the conditions. This is where volunteering helped to begin with. It helped me experience a new side of the city and people and a nobler culture of volunteering that is quite prevalent here. True to its name, volunteering is something that comes from within, but a better understanding of what it entails and how we can give a lot by taking a little time from our busy lives helps a great deal in pushing ourselves harder to get more from our days.
Volunteering at the University of Westminster has been nothing short of a blessing as it has introduced me to many wonderful people who through their actions and words have inspired me to give selflessly. From helping organise and facilitate events to meeting people from all walks of life and actively engaging in dialogues with them; it has opened many new doors of learning.
I used to view it as something disjointed from the normal life, as something that would require a lot of time and effort and often at the cost of whatever we can otherwise accomplish in a day. And it is this lack of awareness and encouragement that sometimes breeds the misnomers around the subject. Even during my graduation in India I was very hesitant to volunteer and the notion became a belief, and it wasn't until I first volunteered as a part of my scholarship that I could correct that belief.
Volunteering is massive in the UK and it is easy to see why. While it is sometimes seen as a job devoid of financial gain, it pays so much more in kind. From actively keeping oneself busy to keeping despondency and inertia at bay, being a volunteer is immensely beneficial in kind.
I hope everyone who can does find it within themselves to give a little and experience first- hand the joys of volunteering.“
By Snehal Sharma
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Volunteering also boosts your CV and opens up opportunities for valuable work experience, increasing employability.
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