I then joined Newport City Radio as I had my own online blog, but it wasn’t really going anywhere. So, my friend suggested that I join Newport City Radio as a blogger in order to get my writing off the ground. However, I will be the first to admit that when I am put into new situations, I’m so shy that I may not speak for a while, but the staff at Newport City Radio made me feel really welcome in the first bloggers meeting, and it helped that I already had a couple of friends there.
Having a place to go after school not only to work but also to socialise was easily one of the best things about Newport City Radio, that made it different from anything else I had known up to that point.
When I came to Newport City Radio I was in my last year of high school and I was starting to make some pretty big life decisions, including thinking about a possible future career to aim for after university. I have always thought about going into book publishing and editing and Newport City Radio is even helping me with this. I surprised myself with my own confidence as I spoke to Dani - one of the editors who became one of my best friends - to ask him if I could train to become an editor to gain experience.
This is what I mean about the massive change that Newport City Radio has brought me. I went from this shy girl who was scared to share her home-made blog on Facebook, to both a much more confident blogger and editor. This was really summed up when I stepped further out of my shell and started to help Dani run the weekly bloggers meetings at Newport City Radio, even going on to do them completely on my own. When I started, standing up in front of the whole blogging team and talking, let alone organising, seemed like something I would never do.
Newport City Radio has also allowed me to keep hold of a hobby I was worried I would lose when my life got very busy with university. If there is a large event such as an all-nighter at the Newport City Radio office, I’ve been able to do some art for the office walls to mark the occasion. I really appreciate that Newport City Radio has allowed me to make this original thank you for letting me hold onto one of my favourite hobbies.
The staff at Newport City Radio have also seen me go through some pretty big changes in my own life, as while I was there I went from age 17 to 18 and from high school to university, which means I have to commute between two cities each day. These changes alone would make this year a good one to look back on but Newport City Radio has meant that I have a big bunch of friends, who are like a mad little family to see me through it.
I do a lot of articles about advice in education and in one of those I said that volunteering is an excellent step for young people to gain experience if they have busy schedules for school or university or need it to get a job, but I feel that my example here shows another massive benefit not just to volunteering but mainly to Newport City Radio. As you go through massive changes in your personal life, it helps to boost that with more confidence and colleagues who are also your friends to help you through it.
I would highly recommend it to anyone.