As a PAL Leader in Foreign Languages, Clara works with students studying Portuguese to practice and build confidence in their language skills and learn about Portuguese culture. Here, she discusses her experiences in the role.
“It is valuable for students to have this extra support and it’s enjoyable to prepare work and deliver the sessions, without spending too much time on it and still making a difference!"
What made you decide to get involved with the PAL scheme?
As a language student, I find it extremely helpful to speak with native speakers and the best way to gain direct access to cultural aspects and everyday language. This motivated me to share my knowledge and passion for my own native language in a supportive manner, while gaining and developing invaluable skills too.
What has been the most positive aspect of being a PAL leader?
It is extremely rewarding to observe and contribute to the dedication and hard work of students and to notice the impact of our help through the PAL scheme, especially if everyone is having a great time whilst doing it!
What has surprised you about the scheme/ something you were not anticipating?
It was surprising to see how valuable it is to students to have this extra support and how enjoyable it is to prepare work and deliver the sessions, without spending too much time on it and still making a difference!
What skills have you developed /further developed as a result of being a PAL leader?
Transferable skills such as communication, creative thinking and problem solving have improved massively through being a PAL leader and have helped me strive in many aspects of my academic and personal life.
Would you encourage others to get involved with the PAL scheme?
I highly recommend everyone to get involved with the PAL scheme! I not only share a lot of my knowledge and experience but I also learn a lot from the students who attend the sessions - It’s a win-win experience!
If you had to sum up the Placement Peer Mentoring scheme in three words, what would they be?
Rewarding, enjoyable and invaluable!
If you are interested in becoming an FL PAL Leader, you can apply for the role here.