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What I have learnt this year

As a Healthy U volunteer during this academic year, I have learnt to be curious. To question the status quo. I have realized that unlearning is just as important as learning. I have learnt to lean into the uncomfortableness that accompanies important conversations, such as those surrounding diet culture and racism. I have also learnt to push myself to question societal views and societal systems, and to view life through a more empathetic lens.

I am also learning the value of pushing myself outside my comfort zone by learning and trying new things. Prior to becoming a Healthy U volunteer, I never thought I would write a blog post. It’s incredible when you are presented with an opportunity, given guidance and support the skills you can develop. Not only did I develop new skills such as creating online health content, writing in a blog style (compared with academic writing), but I learnt so much about myself as a person.

I also learnt that, when given the opportunity, there is so much I am passionate about. I realized I love creating health promotion content and researching health topics. I have further realized how much change I want to see happen and how passionate I am about making it happen. Fellow volunteers in Healthy U and the coordinators have, and continue, to inspire and change me. For that, and this experience, I am very thankful.


About the Author

Sydney (She/Her)

Hi everyone! Currently, I am completing an honours of psychology degree through the Faculty of Arts. I am very excited to be a part of the Healthy U team because I am passionate about health and increasing accessibility to care, building resources in the community, and diminishing stigma.

I love psychology, so when I am not studying, I enjoy exercising, travelling, and spending time with loved ones.


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