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My experience volunteering as a student at Loughborough University: Shreeya

18 June 2024

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In the bustling streets of Mumbai, India, I had a dream, a passion for sports, and a big goal: to pursue a master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Loughborough University. Little did I know that this dream would take me on a thrilling journey filled with incredible experiences and unexpected opportunities.

I set off from Mumbai to Loughborough, excited about what the University had to offer. Stepping onto campus at Loughborough University felt like entering a world of endless possibilities and a place where I would be able to take advantage of many opportunities.

While my studies delved deep into the psychology of sport, it was my involvement in volunteering that enhanced my experience at Loughborough. The BUCS Big Wednesday event became my first big opportunity, where I immersed myself in the exciting atmosphere of university sports. From scoring matches to orchestrating presentation ceremonies, each task was a labour of love, fuelled by my passion for sports and community.

But the day’s highlight came during the nail-biting final match, where the Loughborough Women’s Football Team faced off against Durham University. Amidst the tension and excitement, I witnessed the power of sports to unite and inspire, and when Loughborough claimed victory in a penalty shootout, I couldn’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of pride and belonging. In that moment, I realised that my passion for sport was a driving force that fuelled my desire to make a difference, both on and off the field. As I stood amidst the celebrations, I knew that I was exactly where I was meant to be – as a dedicated volunteer, championing the values of the Loughborough community.

Beyond the events held on campus, I have also been involved on various opportunities outside of the University, including volunteering with Volleyball England. At Volleyball England, I captured content for their media team, witnessing, firsthand, the intensity and camaraderie of the sport. Each experience I have volunteering allows for a deeper appreciation of the transformative power of sports in bringing people together.

In the run up to my greatest volunteering achievement yet – assisting at the UEFA Champions League Final at the iconic Wembley Stadium in London – I can’t help but reflect on the lessons I’ve learned along the way. Reflecting on over 200 hours of volunteering, I have realised the importance of seizing every opportunity and embracing new challenges with enthusiasm and determination. Volunteering isn’t just about giving back; it’s about personal growth, building connections, and discovering the true extent of my capabilities.

To anyone embarking on a similar journey, I advise you to enter every opportunity with an open mind. Whether you’re passionate about sports or simply seeking personal growth, volunteering is a great way to unlock a world of possibilities. Approach each task with dedication and passion, and you’ll be amazed at the doors it can open and the experiences it can bring.

Students can get involved with volunteering at Loughborough through many groups around the University, including the Coaching and Volunteering Academy and the Action group at Loughborough Students’ Union (LSU). Committee positions within Athletic Union clubs, LSU societies, and Halls of Residence are available, offering a range of roles and experiences the enhance your time at Loughborough.

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