Despite being actively involved in various areas of the University and the Students’ Union, I wish I had got involved sooner than I did. Having now taken on a lot of responsibility alongside my part-time job and my degree in my third (and most important) year, I wish I had made the most of my first and second years at University by joining more clubs and societies. Although I was really quite proactive in my second year, I have still found it quite a challenge to balance my commitments, my degree and my social life this year, and it seems that no matter how prepared I am there are always last minute demands to meet, despite my already diminishing amount of free time.
Having also discussed this with my housemates, we each agreed that despite undergoing so many new experiences during our first year at University, we wish we had taken the opportunity to engage in more activities, clubs and societies from the outset, including getting more involved within our departments. It was not until I went on my departmental society trip in second year that I really got to meet the people I sat next to during lectures every day, and it then seemed a real shame that I had not been more involved with my departmental society sooner.
We also agreed that despite being bombarded with various emails on a daily basis, there have been times when we wish we had read our inboxes more regularly. By doing this we would have ensured that we did not miss out on upcoming opportunities and events, including the various employer events held across campus which can be really helpful in providing you with information, whilst also advising and preparing you for future applications.
Ellie (Third Year BA Politics and Sociology)