I'm Jessica-Anne, the Public relations officer. I study BSc Psychology and I am originally from South Africa. I joined Avolve in my second year of university.
Before coming to Exeter, I had mentored children at a primary and secondary school (before and during their GCSE's). It gave me great joy seeing my me tees thrive and develop academically, emotionally and socially - especially knowing I had contributed to this. It also allowed me to understand how those from different backgrounds struggled with school and the type of problems they faced. Many children I mentored hadn't even considered university as an option as most were expected to get a job after turning 16. It made me upset for them as they hadn't realised they could go to university, whether this may be due to financial or emotional difficulties.
I also came from a background where university was not a popular option. Luckily I was given a personal tutor during my A levels. He made me realise the importance of university and how to get here. My mentor figure is what I found most helpful during my A levels and it has now helped me further my understanding on how important and useful it is to have extra support, and how rewarding it is to provide it to others. It was this that urged me to join Avolve- I have the opportunity to help more children and now I can share first hand experiences of university to them with the aim of inspiration.
As the public relations officer, I help advertise our cause amongst the university community and further! I aim to host cake and brownie sales throughout the year to help fund our chosen charity CLIC Sargent! Just keep an eye open for any updates on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page!