2015 Grad - Nimra
Before Envision I was terrible at networking and I couldn’t approach anyone but recently I went to an event and jumped straight in talking to professionals!
Nimra was part of Team Clarity who aimed to address religious stereotyping and Islamophobia. The team hosted an educational community event, ‘In Whose Name?’ which explored different religions and the negative effects of religious stereotyping. Team Clarity reached the Boardroom Final of Community-Apprentice Bristol in 2015 and presented in front of the Mayor at the time, George Ferguson.
“One of the most memorable moments was when we are at the event and people were talking about how inspired they were that members of the younger generation and especially girls were raising their voices and calling for more cohesion in the community – I think it gave people hope for the future! Also when we were preparing to present in front of the Mayor at the Boardroom Final we were reflecting on what we had done. I remember thinking how far we’d come, from being quite unorganised at the beginning and unsure of what we wanted to achieve, to driving our passion forward to a point where we made an impact.”
Nimra is in her first year at the University of Bristol studying Medicine and working as a Student Ambassador. She is also a member of the University’s ‘Friends of Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF)’ society, volunteering to help raise funds and awareness of MSF’s work and global health issues.
What did you get out of Envision?
“It honed so many of my skills! It improved my communications and teamwork skills – we had a big team to organise and I learnt how to ensure there were no gaps in our communication. I developed leadership because each of our team had to take charge in different situations. Oh and of course event planning (including all the problem solving that comes with this!). I was also given lots of opportunities to get used to being around professionals from different disciplines and walks of life, including people who are quite high up like the Mayor. This improved my confidence in approaching other people, before Envision I was terrible at networking and I couldn’t approach anyone but recently I went to an event and jumped straight in talking to professionals!
I am studying to be a doctor so the skills I’ve learnt from Envision will be crucial in the future when I have to work in teams with people from different disciplines but with the same goal of trying to make the patient better. I really liked getting the Competency Reference because it helped to write my personal statement for University. By doing Envision I realised how much I want to have an active role in improving the community and that it is a lot easier to have an impact and achieve your goals if you’re trying to do something you’re really passionate about. I am now more willing to try out new opportunities to find out where my passions lie.”