My name is Paula Rochford and I’m delighted to say that I have been elected as your Welfare Officer for the coming academic year. Firstly, I want to say welcome to all Freshers and International students, this is going to be an amazing experience for you so enjoy every minute. To all returning students I want to wish you the best of luck in the upcoming year and you should be so proud of yourself for getting this far.
Something I want to remind everyone of is that you are not on your own, college life can be stressful, daunting and you may feel like you are the only one struggling, but this is not the case. We have all started as a fresher and we have all been through those first few scary weeks so please never feel like you have nobody to go to, my door will always be open for all our students. For final year students the stress of trying to have a social life, keep up with college work and write a thesis is hard but you can do it! Just believe in yourself and you can do it! During those stressful times when all you want to do is cry take a step back, take ten minutes for you, go get a coffee, watch some Netflix, have that night out you deserve it and it’s ok to do things for you everybody needs some self-care. For the second- and third-year students look after yourself, have that night out, have that night in, go to the library, chill with your friends and family and enjoy every minute of college because its fly’s by.
My job for the year is to be there for you when it comes to non-academic matters, so if you’re having problems with accommodation, finance, mental health, sexual health or anything else you can think of drop me an email or call into me and ill be happy to help. I will also be running campaigns throughout the year which will raise awareness around sexual health, bullying, positive body image and many more. If you have any ideas, please feel free to contact me or join the welfare crew. The welfare crew assists me the welfare officer in the numerous campaigns and events throughout the year, they get fellow students involved in welfare events, they help raise awareness across a broad range of topics and we all will make memories along the way. By being a part of the welfare crew, it will give you a chance to meet new people and make friends, help keep students safe and aware and you will also make a positive difference. If you have any questions or would like to join the welfare crew just drop me an email.
Please never hesitate to contact me or drop into me if you have a problem or just need a chat, I want to ensure that all students have the best college experience so if you hit any bumps along the way I’m here to help.
With a smile and a cup of tea, we have got this you and me!
See you around.