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LSESU’s Disabled Student officer Muhummed Cassidy was elected in March to represent the interests of students with disabilities, wellbeing issues or illness. His first priority as Part-Time officer is to find LSESU disabilities mentors. Read on to find out more….
Call-out for Disabilities Mentors - Muhammad writes:
Will you be an LSE undergraduate student during the 2016/17 academic year? Do you self-define as disabled?
If yes, then you should consider volunteering as a mentor for incoming disabled students.
This is a new scheme which I am launching and which was one of my manifesto commitments during my election as disabled student’s officer. The aim of the scheme is to help make the transition to university smoother for disabled students and a bid to LSE more inclusive for fellow disabled students.
The scheme will works as follows;
• Mentors will be allocated one or more mentees who will (ideally) be on the same programme of study
• Mentors will offer general support and guidance on all things student-related. Mentees will seek to gain practical advice, encouragement and support, learn from the experience of others, and increase their social and academic confidence.
• There will be a minimum of 3 face-to-face sessions throughout the year (suggested points to cover in each session will be provided)
• Outside the 3 sessions mentors will be available for their mentees on an ad hoc basis, if contacted by mentee.
The scheme is student-led, informal and confidential. This is a great opportunity for you to give back to the student community and also build on your own transferable skills.
The scheme will launch in the beginning weeks of Michaelmas Term. Basic training will be provided in September.
If you are interested or have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and programme of study.
It may also be useful if you indicate the nature of your disability as this might assist when I come to allocating mentors with mentees (although this is of course optional).
Read about Disability and Wellbeing services at LSE.
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I’m a student who lives at home with my family, and one of my reservations about starting at LSE was that where I lived would affect my social life and that all-round ‘university experience.’ I found that my experience is different in some ways - but not as many as you might think.
As with many of the London universities, LSE does not have that quintessential campus vibe - all paths across rolling greens, hall quads, etc. However, since our city-street campus is quite compact, it’s easy to clue yourself up with what’s going on.
Naturally, the experience of living at home is not the same as living in halls. How does it work for those of us who skip the halls experience? I’ve found that it all boils down to embracing new avenues, finding your feet and making the most of what LSE has to offer. Here are my tips for making your uni life work for those living with their families…
You don’t have to be in halls to meet great people - here are ways to do this on your terms.
During Welcome Week put your enthusiasm into the Students’ Union socials, excursions and parties that will connect you up with your coursemates. It’s a friendly time and your relatively expert knowledge of London life will make you an in-demand conversationalist.
After Welcome Week There are many societies and sports clubs listed on the Students’ Union website that may spark your interest, and many will run Give It A Go taster sessions for you to come along to in the first weeks of term. Learn a new skill (try Beekeeping, Baking or Digital Arts), develop an existing one (like Cricket, Dance, Music), and link up with existing communities (for example African-Caribbean Society, Entrepreneurs, Christian Union). Or cut to the chase and join the new Home Students Society, for everyone living at home.
When the workload kicks in If you feel like hibernating in the comfort of your home in order to deal with deadlines…don’t worry. You’ll feel temporarily disconnected from campus life - but every student goes through this, regardless of where they live!
Pro-tip If, like me, you are an introvert, I’d say taking the plunge and putting yourself out there will be worth it in the end. If you see something you like on the Students’ Union What’s On calendar - just go for it. Everyone is in the same boat, so embrace the chance to meet tonnes of amazing people that the LSE brings together from different walks of life and every corner of the world!
2. The commute
Approaching the end of the Michaelmas term during my first year at the LSE, I found that my commute to university was quite time consuming. Nonetheless, the commute can actually be a useful and productive time. You could use it as an opportunity to get some readings in - for example, LSE100 texts or readings from your core modules.
With that said, know that, it’s okay to have a break - be productive when it’s time to get your work in and relax when you need to. A sort of ‘work hard, play hard’ philosophy!
3. Home/School balance
I’ve found that keeping my focus on work whilst at home requires a lot of discipline - an important skill at university in general. But even though family life may distract you, you can be clear with them about what you need. Set some boundaries, and get organised - for example, flag key dates and deadlines. Familiarise yourself with the term structure, as well as the exam season and organise your study around these key dates.
Make use of LSE’s facilities to change up the scene a little. There’s the library, in addition to department-specific study areas. There are also many support systems in place such as your academic advisers and student counselling services, should you need them.
There are loads of ways for you to experience all the things you expected from university life at LSE. The academic side may be intense, but LSE is also home to the UK’s oldest Students’ Union, which is set up with your needs and concerns at the heart of its agenda. They provide students with academic advice, representation structures within courses and the School, and a lot of fun society and club events.
In my time at LSE, I’ve learned it’s all about striking the right balance. Ultimately, you control what your time here will amount to, so remember to utilise the services available, network with others, and have a great time!
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