Tuesday, July 31, 2018

So You’re Going to University…Come Join STAR!


Michelle from Oxford STAR explains why you should join.

Results Day has come and gone, so you can breathe a sigh of relief and celebrate, because you’re going to university! But once the initial exhilaration dies down, just one question remains. What next?

The answer is to start thinking about what you want to make of your time at university. This is an exciting new chapter of your life, with countless opportunities at your feet – perhaps too many to choose between! So let us simplify your choices for you and recommend that you join your university’s STAR group, or start your own if there isn’t already one. This is a really easy, fun and meaningful way that you can make a difference in the lives of refugees.

Each week during term time, hundreds of STAR members up and down the country welcome refugees into their local communities. STAR focuses on volunteering, educating, campaigning and fundraising to make a real impact. You can do this in many ways – joining a Conversation Club to teach English to refugees, writing to MPs and campaigning, participating in bake sales, attending film screenings and fundraising club nights, and more! Whatever your interests, STAR has an opportunity for you.

You can find out everything about us here, but don’t just take our word that this is a brilliant way to get the most out of your university experience!

Kelsey from Northampton STAR explains that her work with STAR empowered her to make a difference. “Studying about all of the world’s injustices can feel incredibly frustrating, but setting up Northampton STAR and becoming part of the network has given me the tools to DO, to be active against the injustices that refugees and asylum seekers face in the UK. Once you’re a STAR, your frustration is turned into action and achievement. As well as making new friends and gaining valuable new experiences!”

Izzy from Birmingham STAR reflects upon her experiences, saying, “The thing that has defined my university experience is not my degree but STAR! It has been an incredible three years!”

Maddy – who’s now our Student Network Coordinator – makes the point that helping refugees is no niche interest “but a worldwide movement.”

Regarding her work with STAR now and at university, she adds, “I feel so lucky to be part of an organisation that brings about long-term change by spreading positive attitudes and messages of tolerance through universities across the country. I felt really empowered by STAR when I was at university, and it feels amazing to now be able to empower others in the same way.”

Personally, I’ve loved being part of STAR! It’s a great way to get out of the university bubble and be part of something bigger, while working for a cause that I really believe in.

We won the Billion Acts Hero Award this year thanks to the work of all of our STARs. Every single person really does make a difference, and we’re so excited for you to be a part of the movement.

So what are you waiting for? You can find your local group here! Don’t worry if you don’t see your university on the list – just get in touch with the national STAR team and we can help you set one up!

So congratulations again if you are off to university, and we hope to see you under the STAR banner soon!

Posted by STAR team on 31/07/2018 at 01:12 PM