When I was approached by Dr Helena Lim to write a piece on supporting the learner journey for LSC Connect, I was in two minds. Should I write it from the perspective of an alum – being an MBAe graduate from Westminster International College (WIC) myself? Or should I write it from the point of view of the MBAe Course Coordinator as I also work at WIC? After much thought, I decided to combine the two, because after all, I am both an alum and a staff, and I’m proud of both these achievements!
Being a key member of the WIC Graduation Committee 2015, I experienced being part of the graduation ceremony both as a student and as a member of staff. As a student, I was required to sit at my allocated seat and wait patiently for my name to be called, to receive my scroll, to take a photo shaking hands with the Vice Chancellor of Cardiff Metropolitan University, the awarding university, and to return to my seat for the rest of the ceremony. However, as a Graduation Committee member, I had to run around the venue to ensure all was in order, that the robes were being distributed to the students in time for the ceremony, the studio photoshoot was running smoothly, the graduates and guests were being ushered to the right seats, among many other things. My point is that I have experienced my journey in WIC by getting the best of both worlds, of knowing the pressures felt by students (being one myself) as well as understanding the organisation’s point of view in knowing why we do what we do.
As a student, I’ve done role-plays, I’ve burnt the midnight oil, I’ve been frustrated with my results, I’ve almost missed deadlines and I’ve harassed my lecturers with thousands of questions. And I thought that was the hard part!
Since joining WIC as the MBAe coordinator and the main front line officer dealing with all MBAe queries, when students come up to me with their problems, I know exactly how they feel because I’ve been in their shoes. And aside from dealing with MBAe students, it has been an absolute roller coaster ride! I’ve taken Zumba lessons in WIC, I’ve been part of the Valentines Night, I’ve organised Field Trips, I’ve conducted Workshops, I’ve been on trips, I’ve been exhausted, I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, but most importantly, I’ve learned!
I believe that I’ve learnt valuable lessons and I’ve grown as a person, which to me is the penultimate goal! Undoubtedly, there is a lot more to learn, but it is the very fact that we learn something new every day that keeps me going. You might fail at first, but what matters is that you’ve tried…
To sum it all up, at the risk of sounding like I’m giving a speech, I would like to end this article with one of my favourite quotes by J. K. Rowling “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default”