Combining guiding with university life

Emily Gonnella, 22, a Brownie and Guide Leader with Girlguiding Renfrewshire and a speech therapy student, blogs about combining guiding with university life for Student Volunteering Week.

I have been volunteering with guiding since I was a young Brownie and it is a big part of my life. When I moved to Glasgow to go to university it was really important to me that I could continue to be involved in guiding as it gave me something familiar to go to amongst the many new experiences of student life.

I currently help run a Guide unit and a Brownie unit which takes up two evenings each week. This might seem like a big commitment to fit around my studies but it’s actually great to have the chance think about something else for a few hours! It also gives me more experience working with children and learning how to engage them, which are valuable skills for my future career in speech therapy. More than that, though, it’s a bit of fun to end the day.

The girls always impress me with their abilities and knowledge and I feel I am giving something back by making sure the experiences I had through Girlguiding Scotland are available to them.

If you want to work with children in the future, or if you just want to provide young girls with a wealth of new opportunities, getting involved in guiding is a really rewarding way to spend your spare time.

You don’t need to have lots of ideas or lots of time, so long as you are cheerful and enthusiastic many units would be happy to have your help whenever you can make it. And you get the satisfaction of knowing that all those skills and experiences are doing wonders for your CV. Read about how guiding can make your CV stand out.

Interested in volunteering with Girlguiding Scotland? Find out how to get involved.