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Why get involved with ARU Students’ Union in your first year

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Getting involved with ARU Students’ Union can be a very rewarding experience. Whether it’s volunteering, being a representative, or part of a society, here is why you should take the plunge and get involved!


You can learn so many new skills.




You could take up a new volunteering opportunity, which will allow you to try new things, and learn in the process. It’s a way to build experience in a field you are interested in, or to learn transferable skills like project management and communication. There are online and offline opportunties, and if you want to make friends with other like minded student volunteers why not join 'Kindness Hour' running online throughout summer and into the new term. Make sure to log your hours and skills to earn certificates!




Another great way to learn new skills while getting involved with ARU Students’ Union is to join or start a society. Depending on what the society is based on, you could learn a new hobby, or learn how to play a new game or sport or simply meet people who share your interests, cultures, hobbies or poliotical interests.


If you help to run a society, you’ll learn loads of skills in managing a society and make friends for life through your committee. 


It can be a great addition to your CV.




Those skills that you learned are going to come in useful when you’re applying for jobs! If you have volunteering experience, that is something you can put down as work experience.


Being a Course Rep is also a great way of getting involved. You can nominate yourself to represent students on your course and, if you're elected, you get to bring the voice of students to the university and help make the student experience the best it can be.


Any skills you have learned as part of volunteering or societies may be relevant to the position you’re applying for, such as communication skills. Your extra-curricular activities are so worthwhile!


It’s a great way to meet new people and make friends.




Not only do you learn a whole bunch, you get to meet loads of new people as well. And the best part is, that they’re all interested in the same thing as you! Being part of a society means you can meet with a group of people who have the same interests and passions as you, making these people some great friend material!


It boosts your self-esteem!




Being a part of something, like a volunteering opportunity,  or a society, or even being a Course Rep, makes you feel good about yourself. Making a difference to someone’s life through volunteering, or giving people a place to enjoy themselves, is a great mood booster. Never underestimate the power getting involved can have on your confidence!


It can assist you in managing your mental health.




Having a hobby or activity to get involved with, or checking in with other students online each week can do amazing things for your mental health. It’s a way for you to get out of the house even if that is virtually, do something creative, meet with other people, and have a good time.


You will be recognised for your efforts




Being a volunteer, rep, or society member means you will be acknowledged for the time you put in. With awards like volunteer of the month, or rep of the month, you can be nominated by your friends or nominate yourself for the hard work you’ve put in. There is also the annual SU Awards, where all Union members who get involved are recognised for their time and effort. All you need is a nomination!


It’s great fun!




The best part about getting involved with ARU Students’ Union is… it’s so much fun! You will fall in love with whatever you decide to do. Whether you are a volunteer, rep, society member, you will fit right in, and have such a good time.



With so much to get involved with, what will you decide to take part in?





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