August 5, 2014

National Student Volunteer Week – Emma McBride

As part of National Student Volunteer week we have profiled some of our student volunteers.

First up, is Emma McBride from Glasgow, Scotland. We would like to say a big thank you to Emma for all of your work throughout the past two months.

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Here is what Emma said about her time with Lung Foundation Australia.

Tell us a little bit about yourself…

My name is Emma, I am 21 years old and I’m from Glasgow, Scotland. I am about to start my final year studying Psychology at the University of Edinburgh.

What made you decide to become a volunteer (in general)?

I am lucky enough to have a three month summer holiday with enough free time to want to do something worthwhile outside of paid work.

How did you become a volunteer at Lung Foundation Australia?

Lung Foundation Australia was recommended to me as a good place to get in contact with. I was put in contact with the Marketing and Fundraising team who were happy to discuss a volunteer position that suited my time here in Australia.

Why did you become a volunteer for Lung Foundation Australia?

The Lung Foundation provided an excellent opportunity to experience an office environment and associated skills. As it is a not for profit, health related organisation this was well suited to both my interest in life course epidemiology and my career goals in psychology – ultimately helping those in need.

How has volunteering helped your studies?

Volunteering is considered crucial for progressing in Psychology. It is the only way to gain the experience necessary for entry into Masters. On top of this, any field of work values IT, admin and business based skills. Finally, experience within an Australian workplace has broadened my horizons beyond studying and working in Scotland.

Would you encourage other students to volunteer?

Absolutely. LFA is a really friendly and rewarding environment with lots of different things going on. As a not for profit organisation, volunteers play a big role, so there is a good chance that you will be able to get involved in something that interests you.