As it’s almost the end of my second year and third year is when everything gets real, I thought now would be a nice time to reflect on some of the things I’ve been involved in at uni and what I love about them! They aren’t in any particular order but I would strongly recommend getting involved in any of these if you can!
Firstly, of course, I really enjoy being a student blogger. I really appreciate having the opportunity to help others and hopefully make new students feel welcome and excited to join in with the Dundee Uni life! This was something I put myself forward for before I even knew if I was coming to Dundee or not, but I’m so glad I did as it really helps to have something motivating me to write that isn’t just essay deadlines!
My next favourite is the History Society. In my first year, the History Society formed my first real group of uni friends which I am so grateful for. As well as this, I got involved in so many events and trips that I otherwise wouldn’t have even known about so the society really filled up my spare time in first and second year, as well as introducing me to various places around Dundee and beyond that I hadn’t yet seen. In my second year, I took a much bigger role in the society, becoming President. I would really recommend being President of a society in your second or maybe third year as it’s quite a lot to take on in fourth year, and you probably won’t have the chance to be President in your first year. But, again, I’m so grateful for the opportunity to take a leadership role and really work on communication skills that will be so useful to me in the future.
Another of my favourites is the football team. If you play any sport I really strongly recommend you at least go to a few training sessions with the uni team to see if you want to join. Again, I’ve made some amazing friends through the football team and met people whom I otherwise wouldn’t have met, due to them studying vastly different subjects to me! As well as this, football has allowed me to relieve stress that builds up at uni, as well as be competitive in the BUCS league which is really important to me seen as I’ve played competitive football for over 10 years.
One last favourite is my involvement in open days at uni. Being a History Ambassador has again let me work on communication skills, as well as building my confidence surrounding presentations and how I feel talking to a large group of people. The experience I have gained from working on open days is amazing and I would recommend that anyone who loves their subject and wants to build their confidence and presentation skills go for it!
I hope I’ve inspired some of you to get more involved in various activities at uni in the 2019/20 academic year!!