Ever wondered what the Case Panel Volunteer Program within KCLSU consists of and what are the advantages? Are you considering sending your application but would like to know more about this new challenge you’re about to take? Good thing, we had the chance to speak with Mediana a third-year student in Philosophy, Politics & Economics at King’s who has shared with us her experience as a Case Panel Volunteer. You can apply here by Friday 20 November!
Ever wondered what the Case Panel Volunteer Program within KCLSU consists of and what are the advantages? Are you considering sending your application but would like to know more about this new challenge you’re about to take? Good thing, we had the chance to speak with Medina a third-year student in Philosophy, Politics & Economics at King’s who has shared with us her experience as a Case Panel Volunteer. You can apply here by Friday 20 November!
Why did you decide to become a Student Panel Volunteer?
I think that my experience as a student could be helpful for other students and for King’s as well. As a student, I understand that academic journeys could be challenging and that sometimes things can go unplanned due to changing circumstances. I take part in this role to be able to provide a student’s point of view on a case-by-case basis. While also taking part in maintaining King’s College good reputation. It is also an exciting opportunity to be able to deliberate and work alongside senior faculty members and KCLSU.
What are the tasks that you perform on a daily basis?
Most of my tasks are concentrated on weeks before the hearing. Usually we will be given the case files around two weeks before the hearing date. During these days, some of the tasks I do is reviewing the case evidences and to properly read through the documents. I think it is important to review the details. Looking at small details could really change your point of view and better understand the circumstance! During hearings, I’ll be able to ask questions and also share to other board members.
How easy is it to conciliate your role as a student panel volunteer with your academic work?
I find it quite easy, it does not take too much of my time, and it can be flexible around my schedule. It is also because case files are sent two weeks early from the hearing date, giving me plenty of time to go through it! We are also given polls to vote on which dates we are able to volunteer, and the KCLSU team are very understanding! They are very flexible with our availability and will always try to accommodate everyone.
What is your best memory from this experience so far?
Actually, the training was one of the best memories. I met many new friends, got to interact with lots of new people! But I would say that my first hearing was the best most memorable experience.
Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, all hearing activities were moved online. But I was lucky to be able to conduct a hearing from home, Jakarta. I think it was one of the first few online hearings, so I guess it was quite new for all the board members and we were all trying to figure everything out. It was quite strange, but it was possible. And what made it even more memorable is that this was my turning point where I began to realise that we could do anything work. I became a lot more optimistic on what I could achieve from this role and my academic journey.
In what way do you think this experience can be beneficial in the realisation of your future projects and ambitions?
I think this role really provided me the skills I need for my future projects and ambitions, especially in terms of communication. I am lucky to be able to discuss alongside great faculty members. This also gave me the experience to understand operational procedures, the importance of maintaining confidentiality, and understand what it is like to be in a professional environment along with senior members. This, of course, is beneficial for my careers and my CV!
I think this is also beneficial for my studies and social skills. Taking on this role also allowed me to understand different circumstances every individual faces and I think tis helped me better understand people. In terms of my academic studies, I am able to better understand college regulations, know where I could seek additional support and resources.
Finally, what advice would you give to students who would be interested in taking this opportunity?
Please do check emails frequently! It is important to be aware of upcoming opportunities and possible changes to the hearings and case. To take time to read all the case files, do look at the details as I think a small detail could make a difference! I think this role is also the opportunity to learn how to balance empathy and professional tasks. Another advice is to not be afraid to speak up and contribute to the discussion. But most of all, relax and enjoy the whole process!
If like Medina you are motivated to contribute in a positive way to the student life of King's while gaining valuable skills, apply today! Fill this form before 20 November.