Being a PAL Leader is a great way to develop your skills and meet new people on your course. Here, Chrystabel discusses how being a PAL Leader has had a big impact on her personal development.
“You get to make new friends and assist in other year groups’ learning, all the while developing your own skills and knowledge as well.”
- Chrystabel Chinye, MPharmacy
What made you decide to get involved with the PAL scheme?
I attended some PAL sessions in second year and found them extremely useful both in supporting my academic learning and uni life in general. I wanted to help younger year groups in the same way so decided to get involved as a PAL leader.
What has been the most positive aspect of being a PAL leader?
The most positive aspects of being a PAL leader have been meeting new people and playing a part in improving their uni experience.
What has surprised you about the scheme/something you were not anticipating?
What has surprised me the most is how popular PAL is! We often have sessions at 16:15 on a Friday and it’s shocking (in a good way) how people turn up to these ready to engage with the content.
What skills have you developed or improved as a result of being a PAL leader?
I’ve improved my presentation and interpersonal skills, especially engaging large groups of people and finding ways of keeping them interested in what I have to say.
Would you encourage others to get involved with the PAL scheme?
I would definitely encourage anyone thinking of applying for the PAL scheme to go for it because it’s such a great experience! You get to make new friends and assist in other year groups’ learning, all the while developing your own skills and knowledge as well.
If you had to sum up the PAL scheme in three words, what would they be?
A worthwhile experience
If you are interested in becoming a PAL Leader in your department, you can apply for the role here.