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Why alumni volunteers are important

"Try and remember how you felt at that age - were you aware of all the opportunities and options available to you? It's almost like being asked, what advice would you give your 18 year old self? You wouldn't have necessarily listened, but at least you would have been armed with a lot more information to go out there and explore the opportunities. There are very few times in life where the world is your oyster; and this is one of them - try and help students understand that (almost) anything is possible."

Kim Rowell (Broadcast Journalism, 2006)

"I think it is really important for students to see where they could be in a year or a couple of years and give them a bit of a push to make the most out of the opportunities that are on offer. I think Leeds offers many opportunities for students to shine, so they just need to own them and embrace them and I think it is good for them to hear that from someone else who is not their parents."

Ralitsa Padalaska (Communications, 2013)

"I think one of the important things about being an alumnus of any important organisation whether that's Leeds University or the BBC, where I work, is that you have a duty to go and encourage people who want to be a part of it, or who are a part of it and want to get to the next step, to go and talk to them and help that. It is great to be able to talk to people, to see what they are doing first hand and also give them advice on how they can shape their skillset to work in this fast moving age."

Rowan Collinson (History, 2001)

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