Sowing Seeds, Growing Roots: How Engagement Led Me to Flourish in University


  • Claire Alison University of Winchester



This article describes how, through engagement in extra-curricular opportunities at university, my entire experience of studying as a mature student and as a commuting student has been transformed. This is a personal account of my journey from feeling isolated and disconnected to feeling valued and anchored in the University environment. Through my efforts to create opportunities for commuting students to become more engaged in university life, I found support, created friendships and achieved academic successes I would never have believed possible.

Author Biography

Claire Alison, University of Winchester

Claire Alison is a third year English Literature and American Studies student. She is a mature and commuting student. Claire has been the Chair of the Commuter Society for three years. She is also a Student Academic Representative in American Studies, a Mature Student Representative on the Student Academic Council and a member of the REACT Steering Group.






Engagement, Belonging and Identity