Software Engineer. Lately I’ve been thinking about how I spend my time and I’ve been giving myself a lot more time to socialize and have friends but I’m not gonna lie it just feels so unproductive. I love working. It’s hard and painful sometimes but it’s just so satisfying at the same time. I love getting stuff done. I gotta figure it out ASAP. I think it’s all about finding a good balance. Sometimes I think work life balance is a bunch of BS because if you love what you do and your work is your life then you don’t need to struggle in finding a balance. Tbh pretty back and forth with it. What do you think about work life balance?
"I'm a Student Funding Adviser, which means I give students general financial advice about how to manage their money, but also how they can access other forms of funding like the UCL Hardship Fund. I used to do the administration side of scholarships and bursaries, but then this position came up where I'd actually get a chance to interact with students, help them face-to-face: I was so keen to get involved, and now here I am. It has been incredibly rewarding for me, being able to help students in so many different ways through their finances. I think we all want to have financial capability, and university is a great place to learn those skills and I'm happy I can help with that.
This week is National Student Money Week, letting students know who we are here at UCL and that we're here to help, but also to hand out neat little tips and advice in terms of saving money and spending wisely. Whether it be in terms of comparing prices for shopping to get the best deal, or getting students to plot where they live on a map of Greater London to let other students know what's out there in terms of housing and how much it can cost, or anything in between, we're here to help.
A lot of the time I find myself helping students who have these common issues, so this week aims to spread the word to try and help as many as possible. Budgeting is the biggest thing I can recommend for any student: make one at the start of the year and try to stick to it as much as possible. It sounds so simple but few people do it yet once you make it a habit it really helps."
Taken for @humansofucl with a Sony A6000 📸 | 50mm, F1.8-ISO 100, SS 1/40. Edited in Capture One 9.