Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Nisha Taylor, 3rd year Community and Development & Leadership student.
Tell us a bit more about your society
8.8% of students fall out of University every year, primarily from those from low socio-economic backgrounds. The Community Development Society aims to support student voices through various campaigns, conversations and events. Discussions around culture confidence is one that we aim to explore in the coming months.
The society also is going to start a campaign for 2nd and 3rd-year students to donate well-kept textbooks to first-year students.
The overall objective of the Society is to provide support to students to remain committed to their studies and overcome barriers and personal challenges.
How did you get the idea of creating those journals?
In 2020, I won the Big Idea Challenge social impact category at London Met and was concerned about the figures of students that drop out of university every year from low socio-economic backgrounds. I believe education can be a pathway to generational mobility and wanted to understand more about the reasons behind students dropping out of their studies. In and amongst my findings, I also realised many students had no idea what they wanted to do once they leave university and noted personal development can be an added bonus to figuring personal growth in addition to academic knowledge. I am a personal development coach in my spare time outside of university and thought it would be a good idea to create planners which help students keep on top of deadlines and also write a journal log, together with activities to complete which create clarity around personal goals, employability skills and personal success. The university has provided me with a platform to create the community development society and also currently work as a success coach for 1st-year students.
Why did you create those journals?
To help students identify personal goals and gain clarity to their journey of personal success. I have a history of working with young people and am passionate about social justice and change for those who sometimes feel disadvantaged, whether it be because of their upbringing, background or social status. Identifying and overcoming personal barriers can lead to transformation.
What was the process of creating those journals like?
I was notified about the student union funding available for initiatives carried out for societies so decided to apply. We were awarded roughly £700 which was brilliant to get us started on providing and creating our personal development planners. I came across a roadblock because of my personal account with fiver.com who originally was the platform that I was going to get to create the diaries. Once I realised we couldn't get over the hurdle I decided to give myself the challenge of creating the diaries which meant I could take full control over the design, layout and colours. I had a canva account which I used for personal posts and looked at how I could create a diary and journal. Once I got my head around how to use canva, I was able to create and complete the diaries. After this, I did some research around printing and costs. I found a really helpful platform called Printuk who got me through the process of having the diaries printed.
My inspiration for the colours was representative of branding colours psychology which evokes feelings and incites emotions.
The main colours for the diaries are:
Yellow represents- happiness, youth, optimism and positivity
Light Blue represents- stability, trust and openness
Pink represents- playfulness, fun and innocence.
Purple represents- creativity
I wanted the diaries to stand out and be inviting to students when they use them.
Who are those journals for?
The journals are free and are for any students at London Met that want to use the activities to gain clarity around their future goals and ambitions. Students can use the thought-provoking activities to examine their life desires.
Any final words
“If you can’t fly, then run,
If you can’t run, then walk,
If you can’t walk, then crawl,
But whatever you do,
You have to keep moving forward”
Martin Luther King Jr.