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A word from an ARU Students’ Union blogger

When Big Ben told us it was 2016 I made myself a promise, a resolution. This resolution was that I would stop being so shy about my personal blog and share it on social media for my friends and family to read rather than the few on WordPress that would stumble across it. I came across the opportunity to blog for the SU and I felt that it was my chance to really prove myself wrong – prove to myself that I was happy with other people reading what I was writing.

I used the blog as my dissertation diary - every few weeks I wrote an entry which told readers how my dissertation progress was going. The process itself wasn’t easy and I wasn’t afraid to admit that to the readers. It is important to document the process for current students to read rather than them just seeing the end result. I think it was especially important for readers to see the struggles that I had and how I overcame them so that they know to expect the same. Writing a dissertation takes third year students on a journey and I feel privileged to have been able to share my journey through the SU.

What is special to me is that I know people have read my diary entries on the SU blog. People have commented on my writing and this is priceless to me. Especially because of how shy I was at the beginning of the year.

Thank you to all the readers of my blog, within the SU and ARU but also my family and friends. I would recommend blogging to everyone. Being able to reach out for support is vital during university and I honestly don’t think I could have been luckier to meet the people I have done through the SU and I will be forever grateful for the opportunities it has given me to blossom into a proper grown up.

One piece of advice – get involved with your SU. Work for them, write for them, set up your own society, join an existing society, head down to the Academy in Cambridge or the Lounge in Chelmsford, attend a GIAG session, become a rep. Do anything that gets you involved. A sense of community is invaluable during your university years and I wouldn’t be the person I am now without it.

Thank you and good luck x

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