Our student callers
Our student callers are drawn from across the departments and colleges of the University. We choose the brightest, most articulate and interesting people, who go on to have fascinating conversations with alumni and raise thousands of pounds.
1. What is your favourite thing about York?
2. What is your favourite thing about speaking to alumni?
3. A quote about the job
1. There's a fantastic community spirit at York. You never feel alone as there's always something to get involved with.
2. Just having a friendly chat and finding out about their time at university.
3. My job is really important as it ensures that the university of York's work carries on, not just as an academic institution, but also as a place for students to grow as people and enjoy themselves.
1. I love that it feels like such a close community, despite being a huge university. It feels like everyone knows everyone, and yet within that there's a massive range of people from an equally wide range of backgrounds. And Vanbrugh Catering.
2. Finding out the tremendous range of careers that York graduates go into, from my own course and others, and hearing about how valuable their time at York was. It's nice and reassuring!
3. It's one of the most challenging things I've ever done, but at the same time, probably the most rewarding too.
1. I feel immensely privileged to live in such a historic city, and love that I'm always finding new areas to explore.
2. I always enjoy conversations with alumni about their time at York, getting to hear their stories and comparing the University now and then is definitely the best part of the job!
3. Being a student caller puts me in the great position of being able to reconnect alumni with York, and the warmth of feeling graduates have towards the University is always incredible to hear.
1. I absolutely love how quaint York is! There are so many adorable streets, shops and restaurants scattered about, my aim is to visit them all!
2. I love when you are able to share stories about similar experiences, then discuss how much York changes and develops.
3. I love being a student caller, the money you make makes such a difference to students lives and this feel-good factor is combined with flexible hours, chocolate bonus' and absolutely amazing people
1. As a city, how simultaneously it is quaint and modern. As a campus, the sheer diversity of everything, from the people you meet to the courses they study, down to the wildlife by the lake!
2. It's not just the fascinating conversations you can have and the things you can learn about certain career and graduate options, but how encouraged we are when someone wants to donate to York. When I've spoken to the people funding the very opportunities offered here every day, it drives me to make the most of my time here at York.
3. Being a Student Caller really gives you an insight into what York graduates went on to do after their time here, and you get to have such engaging conversations with so many people. I find it truly encouraging to hear how much alumni love York and when they donate you know it makes such a difference because we see it ourselves every day on campus.
1. My favourite thing about York is that gorgeous view of the lake as you walk out of a lecture. Whatever my mood and whatever time of day (9am lectures??!), I always have a smile for the baby ducks!!
2. With every call, I find out something else that I didn't know about York! There are so many different degree options and combinations to choose from, which lead to the most interesting professions!
3. With such an important cause behind us and our lovely alumni, working has never been so fun.
1. I really love the way that the city is small enough that you feel you know someone wherever you go.
2. I like hearing about people's lives: it's always a different story, and sometimes it inspires me with ideas about my future.
3. It's like story time, but at the end of it, if you're lucky, you get to raise money for a great cause too.
1. The number and variety of opportunities there are available for everyone- if there is anything you can think of that you would like to get involved with, the chances are that there is a society for it!
2. Hearing them speak with such obviously fond memories and nostalgia about their time here.
3. Being a student caller gives me the opportunity to be a part of something wonderful and to give something back to such a fantastic University, as well as getting to talk to some great people about their time and experiences at York.
1. My favourite two things about York Uni are the beautiful location - on top of the lake and surrounded, and embedded in nature - it's enchanting as it is relaxing; and the collegiate system. It makes me feel like I'm a part of something really significant and that I've got something to represent.
2. My favourite thing about speaking with alumni is the sense of nostalgia they feel when reflecting on their university experiences and relating to any experiences that might be similar. Even if they don't donate it's nice to know how if in any way York University had an effect on the decisions they made later on.
3. I love knowing that the connection alumni make with The University of York can motivate them to help maintain the institution that helped them create a life for themselves. I hope that I'll give something back to the place that I love one day too!
1. York has this great sense of community that extends to all students, departments, faculty, staff, etc. It's very comforting to know that you're a part of an energetic community that wants you to succeed.
2. I love to hear what alumni have done since they left uni, where they've traveled, what they've seen, etc. Most often, we'll talk about the US, since I'm from Georgia, and I always ask if they've visited in the States. It's nice to talk a little bit about home every now and then.
3. Calling alumni is slightly intimidating at first, because you're calling complete strangers, but once I start having a conversation with alumni, I forget about my reservations and just enjoy talking with them.
1. I love how a sense of community can be felt just by being on campus, further emphasised by great college spirit!
2. I really enjoy hearing their stories about their time at York, as well as discussing some of the great achievements their donations can help provide!
3. Being a student caller is not only rewarding because you're helping improve the experiences York can offer it's current students, but we're enabling alumni to continue their long lasting ties with the university as well.
1. The atmosphere of the city, it is quaint with it's cobbled streets and yet is always buzzing with the many people who come to visit its streets every day.
2. I love to hear the stories about how a person has ended up with their job, for many they did not fall straight into it and it is nice to here that after many tries they find one that they want to get up and go to when they wake up in the morning.
3. It is fascinating to speak to the alumni and to here about their experiences at York and how they differ from mine, and, of course I don't believe there is another job which would keep me in such good supply of sweets and chocolate!
1. I like the cobbled streets, and the number of great independent places there are to eat and drink.
2. Each call is different and interesting in its own way, and it's fascinating to see how people's lives have unfolded since their time at York.
3. The opportunity to chat to such a diverse range of alumni is both unique and rewarding, and ultimately it's all for a brilliant cause as well.
1. The unpredictability! When walking around campus or the town centre there is always something interesting going on. Where else in the world can you accidentally join a ghost walk whilst you are out shopping or bump into a Viking?!
2. I love finding out what life was like at York over the years, it is lovely to hear so many positive stories and memories!
3. Working for YuCall is ace! I am part of an amazing team raising money for a truly amazing cause, what could be better?
1. I love the fact that York is such a beautiful place, with so much nature on both campuses. It really helps make the place feel more relaxed.
2. I really enjoy hearing just how much York has changed. Every day someone tells me something that just sounds bizarre in today's York. It's amazing how quickly things can change.
3. Being a Student Caller is different every day. I love being able to talk to someone who graduated 30 years ago, and then hear similar experiences from someone who left 5 years ago a few minutes later, and completely understand what both are saying because we all have that York connection.
1. Christmas! Since my very first family visit to the city when I was 7, the festive atmosphere in York mixed with its heritage and history is just magical. And my favourite thing about the University has to be how much the campus reminds me of being at Centre Parcs!
2. You can’t help but feel inspired by people’s generosity with both their time and their money. Also, speaking with Alumni that have such a wealth of different experiences and journeys all stemming from a shared starting point at York makes me look forward to what comes next for me.
3. Such a rewarding job both in the feeling you get for supporting a good cause, and the chocolate you receive on the shift!
1. The first thing that struck me about York was the huge amount of things going on. York is a very active place for clubs and societies, but this is made even better by the fact that there are forever new chances to get involved! That's what I really love about York: there are always new opportunities for you to discover.
2. The greatest moments are when an alum shares just what made them enjoy their time at York, whether it be their course or a society or the people they met. It really makes me value the great things I have found here too.
3. I do not think I could have come to love York in quite the same way had I not had the opportunity to speak to so many alumni. It is not just that people loved their time here, it's knowing that so many people want to hear about current students here and, even more importantly, want to support students to fulfil their potential.