Being an ARU ambassador

Zoe

Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
School: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Course: BA (Hons) Drama and English Literature
Category: Language, literature and media

9 March 2020

If you had asked me at age 16 if I thought that I would ever become an ambassador for my university, my answer would have been 'no'. I’ve always been quite content to remain in the background, another face in the crowd. However, coming to university has broadened my horizons. In an environment where so much is going on, it feels almost criminal not to try something new.

I made a decision that coming to university would be a time of exploration, challenge and new beginnings for me, which is probably why I decided to take a leap into doing something that I didn’t ever think I would do.

My favorite experience so far of being an ambassador has been taking part in the photo and video campaign to represent ARU. Being involved was a little bit frightening at first. I have always been a shy person taking solace in art or writing, which is probably why I took so well to the idea of being a digital student ambassador. Writing blog pieces where I could stay somewhat anonymous, yet still contribute something, felt like a dream job. Involving myself in the campaign project was something that really pushed me past my comfort zone.

Having to be in front of a camera and talk - just the idea alone was enough to cause me anxiety. I would be representing my university, with my face... Turns out, I had nothing to worry about! Everyone I met was friendly and welcoming, and talking about my experience at ARU just came naturally. I loved being able to share elements of my experience with the people I was working with because they were genuinely interested to hear what I had to say.

Every moment of it was rewarding, and surprisingly, it’s something I wouldn’t hesitate to do again in the future. The whole experience has taught me that I’m a lot more confident than I originally thought I was! After having the courage to get involved, I would now rank it as one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had to date, and I would encourage others if they ever get the opportunity to do something similar.

Zoe studies Drama and English Literature at ARU. Find out more at one of our open days.

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