Sam is a 2023 graduate of LJMU, having completed a BA in International Relations and Politics. Alongside his studies Sam worked with our Student Futures team on the careers desk, helping fellow students looking for jobs and work experience to help propel them upon graduation. He made such an impact, that he’ll be joining the team in September 2023 as a member of staff now that he has completed his own studies.
Sam features in our ‘Graduates of LJMU’ miniseries, part of the ‘Humans of LJMU’ series in collaboration with the ‘Humans of Liverpool’ social media account, sharing the stories of the people who make our city, communities and university the vibrant, inclusive place it is in celebration of our bicentenary year.
In his interview he reflects on his university experience through COVID and how working alongside learning, with great support from LJMU staff, enhanced his student experience.
“I really can’t put into words how much I love this place and how much it’s done for me. Being at this university has completely transformed me as a person.”
– Sam Scragg
Sam’s ‘Humans of LJMU’ interview
“I really can’t put into words how much I love this place and how much it’s done for me. Being at this university has completely transformed me as a person. I’m quite an anxious individual, so moving from a smaller school community to a university setting was quite a big step for me and quite a scary one. Doing that during Covid made it even more difficult. When we then returned to in-person in second and third year I really came out of my shell. I think university provided that safe space for me to grow. The LJMU community has made me feel so welcome and valued.
“I think a lot of students face similar challenges - I’m not the only one. My advice for those students similar to me would be to try and approach every day with a smile. Some days will be tough, but if you try to look out for one another, you’ll be okay.
“There’s good all around you. Always reach out for help If you ever need it, and just know that you belong in this community, we’re here to welcome you in. There are a lot of people here who will support you, and not just lecturers, there’s so many like-minded people to relate to and connect with that feel the same way as you. Even if it might take a bit of time to find the right help, don’t stop trying.
“In my third year, I got a job working at the careers desk at the uni. That empowered me to be able to help others to deal with their stress and anxiety. I’m proud of my academic achievements, but helping others has been my biggest achievement here. Working on the desk, I’ve managed to support so many on their journeys, helping them through some tough times. I’ll be working there from September, and I’m looking forward to continuing to give back to the community.
“It’s a cliché but one of the things that I am a believer in is to ‘just keep swimming’ as Dory says. When I’m in work supporting students, I always say, ‘Sometimes things look bad, then poof! The moment is gone. And what do we do? We just keep swimming on!’ it’s simple, but it’s true. If we can help that moment to go away for that person, then that’s a huge win. The best part is seeing their faces when they get the job they wanted or their stress has been taken off of them.”