Title: PSA Student of the Year Nominee 2017 Lakshmipriya Venkatesan
Hi, I am Lakshmipriya Venkatesan and I am a third year doing Biosciences. I have just finished the PSA (Advanced) via the Activity pathway.
Which activities did you undertake in order to achieve the PSA?
As an international student, for me, university is all about experiencing all sorts of different and new things. I think the PSA is a great opportunity to get involved in so many new activities and so many things happening across campus. In my second year I was a Peer Assisted Study Sessions (or PASS) Leader so I met with first years every week and helped them with their academic problems and it was really rewarding. And also the College of Life & Environmental Sciences (or LES) representing in the student PR team, so I sort of collect student stories on enterprise and publish it via lots of creative media outlets and also it promotes the spirit of enterprise across the university. I’ve also been involved in conversing with academics about enterprise in the curriculum which was very interesting. I also voluntarily write for an external organisation known as Eclinic 24/7 so I write for the health blog researching about lots of medical conditions and then writing about their treatment. Also I am a BME Student Ambassador so I help to promote equality and diversity across campus. I make sure to get involved in all the skills sessions, workshops and employer led sessions that the PSA had to offer because it gave me lots of insight about what it was like being in a workplace, what would be expected, how it was going to be, so I felt that was really interesting and it greatly helped me.
What skills have you gained?
I think after finishing the PSA I feel a lot more confident in myself and my abilities, and I feel a lot more enterprising, I’ve got a more enterprising attitude towards life, and I can take on any challenge that life throws at me. I have also learned to think about my mistakes and learn from it, reflect and then build upon it so that I can build my character and then keep going forward, and I feel like the PSA gave me the opportunity to go the extra mile. It really pushed me and it showed me how much more I could achieve which was great and I feel a lot more confident in myself now.
Do you have any advice for students who are thinking about enrolling onto the PSA?
If I had any advice it would be just get out there and get involved in lots of different things, the university has so much to offer, there are so many opportunities – just get out there and don’t be afraid to go the extra mile.