Last time I posted was the day before I moved to university. The timing of this post just so happens to fall on the day before I move back to university for my second semester.
It’s safe to say I’ve had a good first semester. I’ve adapted to living independently, I’ve attempted cooking and more importantly I’ve passed all my modules so far! I even managed to get a First in my first midterm exam! Exams are fast approaching again (when are they not?) which means the next few weeks of my life will be full of revision.
Some people say university is harder than A-Levels. In some ways I can see that but in others it’s completely different and I feel it can’t really be compared. Whilst studying A-Levels, I was essentially spoon fed the information and it was just a case of copying from the textbook. But at university I have a lecture on a topic, a workshop seminar on the same topic and then I have to pick from an extensive reading list of what to read to prepare on that matter. It’s so much more work than college yet the freedom to choose what you read, the freedom to engage lecturers who are experts in that field is incredible and so different to college. To have such easy access to such incredible minds is truly remarkable.
The modules at university are so varied and differing, I’m constantly learning more and more- on matters I already had considered myself to be strong in! As I’m studying British Politics and Legislative Studies it means that despite only being a first year, I have some modules with the second year Politics students. At first this was a very intimidating thing for me, as the second years already had the base knowledge that I was still studying alongside this. But over the first semester I grew to enjoy this as it allowed a different range of students to bounce ideas and questions off, rather than the same people who were in my other modules.
I was also fortunate enough to attend the Labour Students Political Weekend in Liverpool, where events included a keynote speech from Shadow Cabinet Minister Emily Thornberry and varied to panel talks on what should be done in the first 100 days in a Labour government to the power of trade unions. This was a remarkable, eye opening experience, which not only allowed me to find friends across the country but educated me remarkably on how diverse and talented our party is, how the party is composed alongside allowing me to form stronger political views on policy matters I hadn’t considered once before.
Before I started university, I already knew I wanted to join societies. After all, not only does is bring with it typical student socials such as drinking, but many more opportunities for self-growth and political knowledge and opinion to grow, alongside a group of like-minded individuals. A personal favourite of mine are mock parliaments, where in the last one I argued as Leader of the Opposition for a motion on grammar school reinstatement. Societies also offer up many opportunities such as the trip with the Politics Society to Parliament recently, where we were given tours by current Hull students who are on placement there. When studying at university I feel that it’s so important to look at and join societies, even just for the social environment and friendships that you find within them.
Overall I’ve had an incredible first semester at university, and I hope that the second semester will be as good, if not even better than the first!
Last time I posted was the day before I moved to university. The timing of this post just so happens to fall on the day before I move back to...
My name is Anna and I am currently in my final year of a social science degree at North Lindsey which involves a number of different subjects, one of which is politics. I'm a mum of 2 and was born and bred in Scunthorpe.
I am volunteering in Nic’s office to gain some experience in this area by looking at the duties Nic and his team undertake at the local constituency office.
I thought I would use my first blog to talk about the contentious issue that is Universal credit. This is relatively new to the Scunthorpe area with it being rolled out last week by the jobcentre. From the outside it appears that this is a great way to help people manage their money more efficiently. However, it has to be noted that nationally, where it is already in place, there have been many reported problems, and the main one is that many claimants have developed significant rent arrears.
Nic, back in September, asked for the Government to reconsider the expansion of it, to attempt to ease the pressures present already in the areas where it is already in place. At the very least, there should be agencies in place where claimants can get any help they may need, especially with the housing benefit element. Some of the requests put forward during a meeting by landlords at a round table meeting, were to end the 7 day waiting period for new claims. To improve the digital element for full service and to create a transitional funding pot so that landlords can support vulnerable tenants.
Whether this will affect Scunthorpe residents in the same way remains to be seen as it is still in its infancy in this area.
My name is Anna and I am currently in my final year of a social science degree at North Lindsey which involves a number of different subjects, one of which...
Today is my final day in Nic’s office before tomorrow’s move to university! What better way to spend my last day in Scunthorpe than with politics and cake?
It’s been around a year and a half since I first visited Nic’s office and it has been an incredible adventure! From writing emails, blog posts and research to even attending training courses and visiting Westminster multiple times and much much more.
I am incredibly grateful for all the opportunities that have been given to me by Nic and his team throughout the year and a half that I have been coming to the office.
Although this may be my last update for a while, it will not be the last. Whether it’s in my third year of university when I’m on placement in Parliament (hopefully with Nic!) or in the time I visit home during my entire time at university, I can guarantee that I will return.
So to conclude, farewell for now but I shall see you again soon.
Today is my final day in Nic’s office before tomorrow’s move to university! What better way to spend my last day in Scunthorpe than with politics and cake?...
As a current student of Politics at the University of York, I’m excited to gain some ‘hands-on’ experience within the political world. Having recently joined the Labour Party, I decided that it was appropriate to assist in building a fairer society in a time of great political turmoil. We face numerous challenges both locally and nationally, which threaten to undermine the quality of services provided to the many. Therefore, it is in my firm belief that only a Labour government can fully address these issues. In the era of debate on such ‘high political issues’ in which it is easy to forget the issues faced by real people, I look forward to helping resolve the daily issues faced by real people in Nic’s constituency.
As a member of York United Nations Association, I have a keen interest in international affairs. This, alongside my position as International Organisations editor for the York Politics Review leads me to be disappointed in the outcome of the 2016 Referendum on membership of the European Union. However, it is extremely important we respect the due course of democracy. Thereby, it is extremely difficult to find any support for the Great Repeal Bill, with the slant of due process and parliamentary scrutiny with the proposed Henry VIII clauses.
As a current student of Politics at the University of York, I’m excited to gain some ‘hands-on’ experience within the political world. Having recently joined the Labour Party, I decided...
Now that A-Level results are over, it’s becoming ever closer to the move to university! This is my next step in life (and a very exciting one!) This is a very hard time for both students and parents. Parents are facing their realisation that their kids will be flying from the nest. It can also be a hard time for students who haven’t been able to get a place in university and are going through the process of clearing (which is a very good process to allow students to still get into university).
In September I’ll be moving from Scunthorpe to the city of Hull to begin my degree at the University of Hull. I’m sure it’ll be no surprise that I’ll be studying a politics degree! In particular, British Politics and Legislative Studies. This course offers a year in placement, in the House of Parliament! When in Parliament I’ll be working for an MP (and I’m hoping for Nic!) whilst also carrying out research tasks etc for my degree. This is an incredible opportunity- even if I am dreading the cost of living in London!
I’ll also have the advantage whilst being in Parliament of already knowing my way around, alongside a few other bits! Though saying that, I can make my way through some places but a lot of Parliament is a maze and incredibly easy to get lost within.
It’s also been over a year and a half since the first time I came to Nic’s office and so much has happened and changed for me. Without the experience I’ve gained, I wouldn’t have got an unconditional offer for my course and I certainly wouldn’t be packed and awaiting the move in day! This is something I am incredibly thankful for.
Due to this, this may be one of the last blog updates from me for a while, till I return from the world of university again.
Now that A-Level results are over, it’s becoming ever closer to the move to university! This is my next step in life (and a very exciting one!) This is...