Beth’s story

Beth is a current student at the University of Leeds and is in the third year of a Psychology degree. She has been a volunteer at IntoUniversity Leeds South since April 2019.

Beth attends a weekly Secondary Academic Support session and has been a very dedicated volunteer. She first became involved with the organisation following researching volunteering opportunities shared by the Psychology department at the University.

Beth volunteering at IntoUniversity Leeds South

Beth has successfully helped many of our students in a variety of subjects including History, English, Maths and Science. In this role she consistently demonstrates her ability to develop relationships and engage well with young people. She is evidently keen to gain wide ranging experiences with young people and has grown in confidence in supporting students on a one-to-one and group basis.

When asked why she chose to volunteer at IntoUniversity, Beth commented:

“I liked the aim of IntoUniversity and I liked how regular the volunteering is. I wanted to do something every week so I thought it would suit what I wanted from volunteering.”

Beth also discussed what she most enjoys about volunteering at the charity:

“Chatting to the students but also seeing them every week so that you get to know them. I’m at university so I don’t get to speak to school students very often and it’s nice to hear about their days and what they are getting up to.”

When asked what skills she had gained since volunteering at IntoUniversity, Beth replied:

“Being able to talk to younger people, communication skills, building consistent relationships. [I also improved my] time management because I have to keep on top of university work while also volunteering.”

Beth says that she would recommend volunteering at IntoUniversity to others:

“Definitely, a lot of people I know at university would probably enjoy volunteering with IntoUniversity. A lot of people from psychology want to volunteer in education. I would recommend it because it’s really consistent and organised, so you know exactly you’re doing. It’s structured very well. Also the whole aim of the charity is something that’s important.”

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Beth is a current student at the University of Leeds and is in the third year of a Psychology degree. She has been a volunteer at IntoUniversity Leeds South since April 2019.