My Hub Launchpad Scholarship Journey

I started this blog in October 2013, on the day that I heard that I had been accepted on to the Hub Launchpad Scholarship programme. Last night it was the Hub Launchpad’s Scholars Farewell Party.  It was a really fun event, and a great chance for us all to discuss how we would like to all keep in touch now that the programme is officially over.  We also shared our highlights and what we learnt with each other. It was really interesting to hear what people have got out of the experience; overall it sounds like it has been a positive experience for everyone involved.

Personally I have found the experience fun, exciting, inspiring, and scary! I found out about the scholarship through my wonderfully helpful fiancé and am so pleased he told me about it.  I still remember standing on the roof at work during my lunch break chatting to Marc (Community Host at Hub Launchpad) about why I would like to be involved, and was so happy when he told me they would like to offer me a place.

There have been so many highlights of being part of the Hub Launchpad Scholarship programme. They include:

– Meeting like-minded people. I currently work in an organisation with four members of staff so it has been incredible to meet so many people with similar aims and views on the world.

– Expanding my horizons. I have loved being able to do cool things I wouldn’t normally, like seeing a 3D printer in action at London Hackspace (and actually getting to take something made by a 3D printer home)!

– Learning about how other people do things, and how they got to where they are. I love hearing about people’s journeys so I have really enjoyed learning about organisations that are doing incredible work, including The People’s Supermarket and Casserole Club.

I have learnt so much from being a part of the programme. The key things I am taking away with me are:

  1. It is important to meet people outside my usual circle. There was an interesting mix of people involved in the scholarship, including people working in the public sector, the charity sector, and entrepreneurs. Despite our different sectors and organisations we all have similar goals. Meeting people outside my usual circle has helped me learn different processes and ways of approaching problems.

  2. Positivity really is contagious! Being around ambitious, creative, dynamic people with lots of energy and determination to make a positive impact on the world has helped me be more positive and creative.

  3. Taking risks and stepping outside my comfort zone really is worth it! Before joining the Hub Launchpad Scholarship programme I had never approached someone to see if they would be interested in meeting up for a chat. During the programme I decided to stop being so scared of rejection and asked people if they would be interested in meeting for a coffee.. and they said yes! By stepping out of my comfort zone I have met really interesting, supportive people and I hope to be able to work with them in some way in the future.  Now I have approached people I wonder why it was something I ever feared!

  4. It is important to keep learning and experiencing new things. The Farewell Party last night made me see that while I have learnt a lot I still need to push myself to get out of my comfort zone. There was an opportunity to speak for a couple of minutes to tell others about our journey. I didn’t put my name down to do this and I am disappointed in myself that I didn’t take the opportunity to share my experiences with others. I don’t normally make New Year’s resolutions but this year I did: to take advantage of opportunities. I might not have followed my resolution on this occasion, but I am determined to not make the same mistake again.

Getting to and from the Farewell Party last night wasn’t easy thanks to the London Tube strike. I am really pleased I went as not only did I meet fellow scholars who I hadn’t met before, I also realised that it is not the end of the journey for us all, it’s just the beginning of a new chapter.