As expensive as it was (and it really, really was), studying at Queen Mary, University of London forced me to get smart with my money. Unfortunately, even after resorting to money-saving measures, I was still deep into my student overdraft and regularly had to ask my parents for money to bail me out.
It wasn’t until I got a part-time job that I was able to be anything like financially self-sustainable, and I only wish that back then I knew everything I know now.
In fact, if it weren’t for a colleague at my last job who got me hooked on deals, there’s a very real chance that I wouldn’t now be working at Save the Student. But he did, and I am – so I’ve now taken on the task of ensuring that no student finds themselves in the situation I did, looking back and wishing they’d known the best tips and tricks for managing their money when they needed them the most.
As Head of Editorial, I spend most of my time writing and editing content for the site (and helping to oversee our Facebook page and deals group, of course). Not to toot our own horn, but I believe that Save the Student’s information and advice is some of the best out there – and I know that it’s thoroughly researched and completely unbiased.
With that in mind, one of my favourite parts of the job is seeing one of our guides sitting at the top of a Google search, directing students to something that I’m confident will help them.
I also regularly represent STS on the radio, including on the BBC and other national stations, and in online videos, talking about anything and everything to do with students and their money.