Strapped for cash
Four students describe how they put their skills to use to earn money
Siân Knight dons her mac and gets out the notepad
After the first 12 months of university excess, my student brain eagerly seized upon the idea of writing music reviews for my university magazine - mainly in order to keep the CDs and flog them down at the music exchange, thus funding my alcohol intake. I rapidly talked my way into editing the music section, and my third year brought an intercalated degree, associate editorship of the magazine, and, eventually, the student editorship of the Student BMJ.
Since then I've taken advantage of as many writing opportunities as I can. Freelance writing fits around my medical degree quite easily, as the hours are flexible, and I can work anywhere as long as I have a pen and a notepad nearby. It's solitary work, however, and the distractions of the TV and making endless cups of tea have much the same