The Student Switchboard on YouTube!

Hi everyone! Hope you’ve been having a lovely Monday so far, and are feeling refreshed after the weekend.
I realise that I started this blog as an add on to the original platform I was going to be using for this student advice project, which was (and is!) YouTube.  However, I haven’t dedicated any time here on the blog to filling you in on how that YouTube channel is going to work, and why I chose to start the project on that platform!

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My love affair with YouTube began back in about 2010, when I started watching beauty vloggers like Pixiwoo, Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter, Fleur de Force and Kandee Johnson.  I loved the relationships that could be cultivated through these videos – it was like a whole new world opened up.  These ordinary people were able to make videos discussing anything they liked, and then talk to people in the comments below, sharing tips and advice and ideas.  I got such a thrill from clicking on my subscription box and finding that one of my favourites had uploaded a new video, and over time I discovered that YouTube was a hub for more than just beauty fanatics.  There were communities for books and gaming and films, and vloggers recording their daily lives for the world to see.  I loved it.
I started my own channel in 2012 and uploaded fairly sporadically until I headed off to Australia in 2013 – I made a point of vlogging my whole trip, and got addicted to the process of filming and editing.  I’m naturally a very chatty person, so YouTube proved to be the perfect platform for me to ramble away on!
So when I decided to start The Student Switchboard, there was no doubt in my mind that YouTube was going to be a huge part of it! As a social platform, YouTube has seen a lot of massive changes in the past two years or so – some vloggers have grown to incredible heights of six and seven million subscribers, releasing books, appearing on television and at red carpet events, and becoming a brand new type of celebrity.  The way things are run behind the scenes has changed, with companies managing YouTubers in a way that they didn’t used to, and the awareness of their existence has seeped out from the YouTube community and into the mainstream (to a certain extent!). Despite all of these changes,  I still love it for the same reasons I invested in YouTube in the earliest days!
I still love the way it can connect people, and the feeling I get when I hit the publish button on a new video.  I love the fact that you can leave and reply to comments (which, of course, can have a downside when it comes to some not so nice internet users), and start to generate a real community feel with your subscribers. I also know that a huge portion of the people who regularly watch YouTube videos are at high school and making decisions about their future and continuing with their education.  For all of those reasons, I’m thrilled to have The Student Switchboard channel up and running!
Today, the fourth video, which deals with the challenges Group Work can present, will go live on the channel, and I would be so pleased if you checked it out! I’ll link the first three below, and I’d love your feedback :) You can click here if you’d like to subscribe to the channel, where a new video will appear every Monday at 6pm!
Thanks so much for reading and following along with this project everyone, and I’ll be back again on Wednesday!
Let me know in the comments, if you’re a YouTuber (or YouTube fan!) yourself – what do you like most about the YouTube community?
Introduction Video!

Avoiding Procrastination!

Creating a Study Plan!

Lynsey x
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5 Reasons To Start A Blog | Student Life

Hello everyone, and happy Friday! Can you believe it’s the end of another week already?!
For my first proper post on this blog, I thought I’d talk about blogging itself! Blogging and YouTube came into my life while I was a student – even though I adored my course, I loved being able to escape from essays and textbooks into the world of beauty and lifestyle blogging. I started watching Fleur de Force, and Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter, and soon made the decision to start my own blog and channel.  I never looked back.
Juggling a blog while you are a student can be tricky time-wise, but it’s so worth it – as well as being a fun hobby, it can be an unbelievably positive addition to your CV! So if you already run a blog and are feeling a little overwhelmed, or are thinking of starting one now, here are 5 benefits of having a blog and/or a YouTube channel.

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1. It Shows Commitment

Running a blog or channel requires real commitment.  Friends outside of the blogging bubble might think you sit down for half an hour every now and then, type a few paragraphs and hit publish, but an incredible amount of work goes into maintaining a blog or making videos. From taking photos when the lighting is just right, to finding time to film, edit and upload a video, making a real go of a blog requires effort.  In my experience, employers have been really impressed to see that level of commitment to something.

2. It Helps Showcase Your Talents

Whether you write about beauty, baking or books, blogging is a really great way to show off your talents.  Whatever area your skills lie in, creating a blog means you have a dedicated space to share your knowledge, and, if you post regularly enough, become a bit of an internet expert in your field. What’s more, having the confidence in your abilities to put yourself out there on a blog or YouTube channel gives you a ready made portfolio of work to show to potential employers.

3. It Forces You To Learn New Skills

From photo or video editing, to basic HTML, blogging is a brilliant way to learn some new skills to add to your CV.  I can now confidently list video editing on my CV, something I could never have imagined just a couple of years ago! Not only does blogging up your social media game, from making sure you are getting your links out there across social platforms to using scheduling tools like Hootsuite, but it can help you discover a talent you never knew you had! You might discover you are a genius with Photoshop, which could open up a whole new career path for you!

4. It Builds A Network of Contacts

From the fellow bloggers you chat to every Sunday night during the #lbloggers of #bbloggers Twitter chats, to the PR manager you have been emailing back and forth about a collaborative post, blogging is an amazing networking opportunity.  Without even thinking about, you can find yourself with a whole address book’s-worth of contacts, which can be an extremely useful thing when looking for a new job!

5. It’s A Space Just For You

Although it’s more public, much like journaling, blogging or talking to a camera can be really therapeutic. When you’re studying (or working!), sometimes you need somewhere to escape to, and the blogging community can provide just that! If you need a break from thinking about your next assignment or exam, popping on to Twitter for a chat with some fellow bloggers, or writing your next post can be a lovely way to relax and clear your head.  It boosts your creativity, creates opportunities to develop friendships and can be an amazing way of building your confidence.
So if you’re thinking about starting a blog, but haven’t quite found the confidence to go for it yet, I hope this post inspires you to give it a shot!
Or, if you already have one, what ways has blogging started to make positive changes in your life?
Have a fantastic weekend! Lynsey x
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