Student Eva Strang – Volunteering at the Vale of Leven Hospital has been a life-changing experience.
By Lucy Ashton
Volunteering at the Vale of Leven Hospital has been a life-changing experience for student Eva Strang.
The 21-year-old is currently in her fourth year of a finance degree at Strathclyde University, but spending time at the Vale has made her reassess her possible career options.
“People my age are often thinking about jobs that make big money – but spending even just a couple of hours a week volunteering is so much more rewarding,” said Eva.
“When I first volunteered it was a bit daunting, as I didn’t have much experience of being in a hospital.
“But now, I’m happy to do whatever is needed. There is a huge team that makes a hospital run well and it’s inspiring to see how everyone works together.”
And for Eva, volunteering has led her to look at pharmacy as a new career path.
“Volunteering has definitely changed my perspective,” she said.
“I could be working in a bar, pulling pints, worrying about making money, or I could be volunteering at the Vale.
“Some people don’t get any visitors, and that’s when volunteering matters. You quickly see the difference that it makes to other people’s lives.
“What I’d say to people is volunteering may surprise you as you won’t do anything quite as rewarding!”