Day In The Life Of A Student: Ellie Matthews

Next up in this new series of blogs from Royal Holloway students, is Third Year Physics student Ellie Matthews, who shares what her online uni days look like, and what she gets up to in her 'free time' as a School Rep, writer for The Founder, editor of Orbital Magazine and member of four sports clubs!

Hello! My name is Ellie Matthews and I am a Third Year Physics student at Royal Holloway. This year has SERIOUSLY changed my perception of student life, but as time has gone along, I have been more and more impressed with the amount of stuff still happening.

My normal day starts early with watching pre-recorded materials and starting my weekly coursework sheets/quizzes. I am LOVING the new way lecturers are working. I can go at my own pace, take breaks, get comfy and not stress about making sure I get every word that the lecturer says down in one go. The quizzes are an easy way to track my progress, and with the time I have back (now there is little to no travel time) coursework is done on-time, or maybe even early.

All of my in-person teaching is done on the same day, so it’s nicely condensed. To be honest, I have started taking these lectures online and I have genuinely really enjoyed it so far. I still love going to campus every now and again though, even if it is just to remind me of how beautiful Founder’s is.

By about lunchtime I tend to have had a few meetings concerning my various roles on campus. This is usually to do with my role as Engineering, Physical and Mathematical Sciences School Rep, where I get to talk to students and staff alike to try and improve the experience of as many students as possible. I have also recently gotten heavily involved with the BAME and Women’s collectives and I am hoping to do some really fulfilling work with them.

In the evening I like to get out and have a bit of a run around. This year I am in a little over my head having joined four sports teams – Netball, Rounders, Lacrosse and Hockey – but everyone has been sooooo nice, and I honestly wouldn’t change anything. Despite not being able to train together, the team feeling hasn’t gone away. Post-run pictures have become a must in the group chats.

Student media is also a huge passion of mine. Writing for The Founder has been something I wanted to do since before I came here and I am finally doing it! I was also lucky enough to get an editorial position with Orbital Magazine, which really blew my mind. So, on my “days off”, or evenings, I tend to set aside an hour or so to start brainstorming my next article.

So that is me in a nutshell. If you want to get involved in anything I have talked about please get in touch. It’s so important to get involved with things and practise good mental and physical health, this year more than ever.