Well, I guess it’s official. I’m graduating with a First!
That’s not what this post is about, though. Because the past three years haven’t just been about university. They’ve been about life, gaining new experiences outside university as well, and it’s some of those I want to reflect on now.
- Volunteering at Olympia Horse Show in 2018 and 2019 – I would encourage anyone 18+ who loves horses to apply to volunteer at Olympia. The first time I volunteered there also happened to be the first time I stayed in London on my own. Way out of my depth… But as soon as I settled into the routine for the week, engaging with other volunteers and assisting audience members with finding their seats etc. I enjoyed every second!
- Entering a poetry competition. And being among the winning entries, published in Beyond Boundaries, available through Glasgow Libraries. This also meant I was invited to a poetry reading for National Poetry Day 2018. Terrifying, despite having read at Lancaster University Poetry Cafe, but I had an appreciative audience! I also attended a creative writing industry day in Manchester, and a journalism day in Sheffield, putting myself out there!
- Spending a week at Pony Mag HQ to gain an insight into working for an equestrian publication – this week they announced that they’ve won children’s magazine of the year award. I got my first copy back in 2010, and still like to read it ten years later, as well as Horse & Rider. It was a pleasure to spend a week with the most amazing team! You can see some of the features I proof-read and drafted on my placement here.
- Volunteering as part of the media team at Blenheim Horse Trials 2019 – despite warnings that equestrian journalism isn’t necessarily a financially stable job, I remain undeterred! From social media posts to drafting end of day reports, and even gaining an insight on how Pippa Funnell intended to approach some of the XC fences, this provided me with another valuable insight to working in equestrian media!