I am a postgraduate student from Malaysia who is currently pursuing an MA in Education (Youth & Community) and recently participated in the Students’ Union Women in Leadership programme. I’m passionate about youth development and personal growth and love to share my stories and experiences through my personal blog. Here’s a little bit about my experiences with this programme.
I first found out about the Women in Leadership programme through a friend of mine, Nurin, who is currently working with the Huddersfield Students’ Union Voice team for her placement year. She suggested that I join her and apply for the Women in Leadership programme. At first, I thought it would be like any other leadership workshop that I’ve been to in the past.
I was wrong. It turned out to be one of the best choices I’ve made during my time at the University.
Through this programme, I got the chance to meet other strong and independent women, each of whom inspired me in their own ways. The programme provided me with opportunities to learn from other women leaders in the University, to explore my potential and my passion, and to develop my leadership, communication and interpersonal skills.
This programme has also shown me the strength and power of collaborative work, where individuals from different backgrounds with diverse strengths can build on one another to succeed as a team. The topics that we covered in the workshops were important, as they not only helped us to develop ourselves and become better leaders but also to become better individuals. I left the programme with a better understanding of myself, my purpose, and my goals in life, along with a clear idea of how to reach those goals.
The Women in Leadership programme is just one of the many opportunities that Huddersfield Students' Union provides for students to develop themselves, and I highly encourage every student out there to take these opportunities to grow and make the most out of their time at the University. Through these workshops, I have met so many great people that I would not otherwise have met if I had stayed in my small bubble, and I'm glad that I made the decision to step out of my comfort zone.