What would possess me, a seemingly sensible, well-paid public servant to throw in the towel and take to the road with a new business venture? Founding Welcome Tours means coming full career circle for me. As a teenager I studied at polytech with the aim of becoming a tour operator. A placement with sightseeing legend Wally Hammond introduced me […]

It’s an issue that affects all of us at one time or another, but can be especially prevalent at a time when society says we should be most social. Why does loneliness affect so many young people? This article https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/why-loneliness-affects-so-many-young-people explains it well. It can affect our performance at university and mean we don’t get […]

Sometimes I just need to pause for a moment. Take time out from this busy life to recharge. Make myself unavailable for a day. No plans. No alarms. No schedules. And without this downtime I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the pace of every other day. I can’t always be striving, be rushing, be […]

They say a change is as good as a rest, and I personally think the opposite is also true. A staycation is as good as a vacation and Easter weekend provided me with some much-needed time to recharge both physically and mentally. I felt like I was able to reconnect with Real Me and what’s important […]

At the tail-end now of March Madness, I think we are all in need of a little light-hearted entertainment. I’ll just leave this here…

Top of my New Year’s resolution list when the clock struck midnight was to be more assertive in 2017. I wasn’t exactly sure how to go about this, but just knew that I would be a lot happier in both my personal and professional life if I put my own needs at least on par […]

With the Victoria Plus Awards Ceremony fast approaching, I have been more inspired than ever by our students to give back to the community myself. My many loyal fans and followers may remember a blog post I did a while back called Get Out There on the subject of volunteering and how I was looking […]

A topic that often comes up in conversation with friends my age is that our generation is, in many ways, so different from our parents’. This can often make it difficult when going to them for advice. Our parents have our best interests at heart, but all too often their advice is based on what […]

I think taking a gap year is underrated. By this I’m referring to a year between high school and uni. You could take a gap year during your studies, or even after your studies, but for the purpose of this opinion piece ‘gap year’ will refer to doing something different for a year between high […]

My biggest regret about my undergraduate years is not studying what I was really passionate about. If I could do it all again (and there’s no reason why I can’t) I would spend a bit longer getting my degree, but include a variety of interest papers to get a feel for other subject areas. Sometimes […]