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My Time at RGU –best bits

This week, my time at RGU as a student has come to an end – I will be graduating with a 2:1 in Management with Marketing and I am so proud of myself! (more…)

My Masters course: International Marketing Management

After completing my undergraduate degree in Events Management, I made the decision to stay in Aberdeen and study masters for one more year at RGU. I was hesitating between two very different courses which were Financial Management and International Marketing Management. However, I was sure that I wanted to continue my studies at Robert Gordon University. (more…)

My time at RGU: Stewart International Business Management

DSC_0344I would have to say that there has been a lot of ‘best bits’ of studying at RGU. I’ve met a lot of really good friends and different people throughout the 4 years in Aberdeen and the freedom of being a Uni student has been a lot of fun! (more…)

Preparing for graduation

So soon I will be graduating from RGU hopefully with a degree in Management with Marketing. The last three years with RGU have been amazing and I will be graduating with fond memories as my time as a student. As it is a month until graduation there are a few details I am considering in preparation for the big day and you should too! (more…)

Doughnut Day

To celebrate with our American friends we have taken on the celebration of national doughnut day! Here are a few recipes and offers to celebrate the day!

If you are feeling a bit adventurous and want to give making them a try here are a few recipes to try out!

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Vegan places to eat in Aberdeen

For those of you who have arrived in Aberdeen or Aberdeen natives who just aren’t aware, there are loads of vegan alternatives for you in Aberdeen! Here are a list of fab places to find a vegan bite in Aberdeen that I love: (more…)

Time for a break? – Explore Dublin

Thinking about taking a break? What about spending a weekend in the Irish capital? Ryanair often have very cheap flight tickets from Glasgow to Dublin. I got mine for just £20 both ways! The Irish capital is paradise for all food, vintage stores, photogenic walls, cute streets, and pub lovers. Let me give you some tips on what you should visit when in Dublin. (more…)

Thinking about the Future

It’s that time of year again! Summer is approaching and many of you will be graduating this year. Some of you will already have secured jobs or have a clear idea of what you are doing or where you want to be. However a large minority of you will be, like myself at the time absolutely clueless as to what your next move will be and the only thing you will have planned is where you are going on holiday. (more…)

Grey to Blue: The end of my midwifery placement

One of my mentors told me that sign-off mentors are the gatekeepers to the midwifery register. From starting off as a first year to qualifying as a midwife, mentors play a crucial and empowering role in shaping future midwives. I think that a lot of mentors don’t get the recognition they deserve for the positive impact that they have on us. After speaking to a few fellow students, a pattern seems to form around the characteristics shared by what could be considered a ‘good mentor’.

The relationship between a student and their mentor acts as a grounding foundation for building up their confidence, making a student feel listened to and valued, which contributes to their clinical experience as a whole. It is a huge responsibility for a mentor to facilitate learning, as well as maintain the safety of themselves, their students and the general public.

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I’ve been lucky enough to have a few really great mentors on my placements, and it’s because of their faith in me that I feel competent and like I have progressed in terms of clinical standards. One mentor in particular, I have a really good rapport with. I have such high respect for her as a midwife, and her ongoing passion for midwifery and the care that she delivers is inspiring. I think it’s admirable to be at a stage in your career where you’ve been working for years and progressing, and still come in everyday knowing that you love what you do. That’s the feeling that I get when I start my shift with her, and I hope to still feel the same in many years to come. She is so organised and approachable so I always know where I stand, and she’s a fantastic teacher. After each shift she’d debrief me and help me reflect on our care experiences, then send me home thanking me for the work I’d done with her.
She adapts her style of teaching to suit my needs and one of the main things I love about her is that she treats me like an equal. A student wears grey uniform and is supernumerary to the staff midwives in blue uniform, but she doesn’t make me feel inferior. Instead she acts as my advocate and my guide, truly believing in my future as a midwife. She helps me to appreciate just how rewarding this job really is. On that particular placement I was doing 12 hour shifts which are pretty heavy going, there’s no doubt about that, but I still think when it comes round to 4pm and I have 4 hours to go, that there is nowhere else I’d rather be.

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Now unfortunately, not all mentor experiences are positive, but I believe even a negative experience can be a valuable learning opportunity. If a student and mentor do not have a good relationship, it can have massive effects on the student’s learning and damage the important trust and mutual respect that should be in place from an early stage in the placement. A student who is not comfortable around their mentor could rapidly lose their confidence in their own abilities, and will eventually become too afraid to speak up and do something about it. This is worse case scenario, and it’s a shame that it’s likely to happen to a student at least once in their educational career. In those situations all you can really do is make the best of your time on placement, putting yourself forward for tasks, staying positive and open-minded, and seeking support and advice from friends, family and university.
From every mentor I’ve had so far, I have learned something from them about the kind of midwife I want to be, and eventually, the kind of mentor I want to be. A mentor will raise you from first year; a growing embryo with so much potential, to second year; a fully grown baby solely relying on a placenta but able to kick and make itself known, to third year; a beautiful baby detached from it’s cord ready to experience whatever this world has to offer it.
To the midwives and mentors of the NHS going above and beyond to provide the best learning experience for students like us, thank you.

 

Emma

Why choose Erasmus?

When I first decided to explore the possibility of applying for the Erasmus exchange program, a lot of people asked me why I was thinking about doing it. I think the simple answer for me is, I love the sense of adventure associated with studying and living in another country. (more…)