Our Student Affairs editor Alan Brownlee explains why it’s good to share his thoughts and experiences with the Student Nursing Times.
I think what attracted me most to the student editor role was getting to write about things outside of a rigid structure. It is SO GOOD to write without having to cite every other line. And it allows me to explore some ideas and opinions in an open way.
Some people like to write in diaries and get their thoughts out that way, but that’s really not me.Writing for a publication means I have the motivation to keep doing it regularly.
If ever I have to stop and think about what I can write about next time, it means I probably haven’t given myself time to think about what’s actually happening to me.
The course went so fast that it was easy to fly through without really considering where I was going, and looking at what was happening to our profession, even in the last two years.
But writing for the nursing times makes you consider it, and in my case, makes me feel more involved rather than like a small cog in a massive machine.
And really you can make it your own.
I read the other editors’ articles, and they choose to talk about things they want to talk about. I don’t want to talk about things that make my eyes roll, so I don’t do a lot of personal reflection. I haven’t chosen to focus on what’s happened to me. I think its more interesting to explore were we are all going, and so I tried to do that.
But in the end you do what you want and what you think is important.
If you have something you want to say, and you feel like there may be a better way to say it than to your friends, then apply to be an editor. It’s good for your CV, its good for your brain to take a break from essays and exams, and if you’re good at it, it might be good for the readers too.