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Natasha Steel

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Working with 180 year 6 students!

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Yup, as you can probably tell from the title – it’s been a pretty crazy day. I do love ambassador work though, it’s so rewarding and I enjoy meeting all the different people at events.  Today it was a Primary event with lots of year 6 students. As always, Professor John Kilcoyne was there to do his Chemistry talk/demonstration and the students always love it. I think I’m going to do a post and a video about being a student ambassador sometime in the next few weeks – when I find I have a spare afternoon! It’s crazy, you’d think that because I’m now finished all my university work that I’d have loads of spare time, but it’s really not the case at all!

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Giving a Blogging Workshop to Students!

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

On Monday a few students from a local college were visiting the university and I gave a workshop on blogging. It’s something I never expected to be doing and I don’t in any way think I’m an expert. I’m just really interested in blogging (as some of you may know, I have my own blog Hello Freckles) both writing and reading and I spend a lot of time watching bloggers on YouTube too.

I spoke to the students about blogging generally – what they think it is, why people do it and the most important part – why should they consider it. They had a lot of interesting thoughts and the staff were really encouraging too.

Through being a student ambassador I’ve prepared and delivered presentations and I’m pretty confident talking to people – especially when it’s about a topic I’m so passionate about like blogging, so I really enjoyed giving the session. The feedback they gave me suggests they did too, who knows… could I end up considering teaching/giving workshops or even lecturing in the future? Who knows!


University of Sunderland Open Day

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

IMG_0384[1]Yesterday I attended the university open day with two of my fellow bloggers;  Grant and Anna. It felt weird to be there not wearing my bright orange student ambassador hoody (like I was on Friday) but in a white Lives Online tee instead! As I’ve worked numerous open days in the past, I’m really familiar with the layout and how the day is structured so when we were asked to assist with registration and welcoming in the prospective students, straight away I knew how to greet them and to be really friendly and chatty.

It was so strange to actually be recognised as a Lives Online blogger and I think both Grant and I were very taken aback and unsure of how to respond any more than saying “…um thank you…” One girl who attended recognised me from my sixth form as I recently went back to take part in an alumni assembly alongside 6 other students. It was really sweet of her to recognise me and I kept an eye out for her during the day to make sure everything was going well for her. She told me she’d really enjoyed visiting the university and I would like to say I hope I see her on campus but I graduate in July (eek) and won’t be around for the new freshers. That’s actually the first time I’ve wrote that down and it feels rather unnerving… Let’s move on!


The open days are structured really well so you begin by  getting all the necessary information about the campus/uni and student life in one talk, followed by a student finance and scholarships talk (which I highly recommend attending, even if you know about student loans there’s such a range of scholarships on offer that are well worth applying for) leaving you plenty of time to speak with academics, visit the accommodation and attend subject specific talks/tours.

 Both open days this weekend have been really busy and it’s great to chat to visitors about the course they’re interested in and make sure they know they can ask you any questions. I especially like chatting to potential media students and I kept telling them to check out my blog for more media information. Hello if you’re one of those I spoke to!


 I look forward to maybe seeing you at the next open day – 9th November. For more information see the University website.


  • Name: Tasha Steel
  • Age: 21
  • Studying: Media Production (Video and New Media) BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Sunderland
  • Ambitions: I want to have a creative role within the media industry. I'm keeping my options open right now and just trying to get as much experience as possible.

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