Computing student Callum Bridge believes the support received at Edge Hill University has enabled him to successfully juggle his other commitments which have led to him being awarded a University Scholarship.
Now in his third year of study at Edge Hill, Callum, from Bacup, feels it has been the perfect place for him to further his education in the subject.
“The degree is everything that I thought – and maybe more. I feel that the staff in the department have been helpful and always supportive. They go out of their way to do whatever it takes to help me to do well.”
Callum combines his studies and his two part-time jobs at the university with a continued association with the scouting movement, having first joined at the age of nine.
“I wanted to help other sections in my group, as I felt that I wanted to give back to the association. I then joined Explorers and became a Young Leader at the age of 14. Again, I wanted to help other young people because I wanted to give back to the Scout Association.”
A leader for the last two years, Callum has supported the Cubs’ Sections local to the University and with a group in Rossendale and intends to continue to offer his time following his degree.
His gratitude relates to the opportunities afforded through Scouting, which includes overseas travel and the chance to meet other Scouts further afield.
“I worked as an assistant leader with my local Scout Group who travelled to France and took part in a 10-day long-distance hike through Southern Finland in 2017. Last Summer (2018) I also spent two months camping in upstate New York while helping to run a Camp with the Boy Scouts of America.”
He plans to use any money saved in his final year to travel to West Virginia, USA to attend next summer’s 24th World Scout Jamboree, which he will combine with further travel across the country.
Closer to home he has also become involved with The Confucius Institute at Edge Hill, which provides opportunities for students to teach Mandarin and learn more about China.
“I had a friend who had taken part who recommended that I join the classes and experiences they had to offer. Throughout my second year I took part in the lessons, dragon boat races and trips. It developed my interest in the culture and the trip to Chongqing, China with the Institute only enhanced this further.”
And what of the future? Callum is keen to combine his two main passions…
“I would like to work for The Scout Association in an IT-based role and continue to inspire lots more young people to embrace the values of scouting.”
Callum was nominated for a Chancellor’s scholarship in 2018 – being awarded £2,000 towards his studies. Find out more about applying for a scholarship here.