My university journey so far

Charlotte Hurden

Faculty: Business and Law
Course: BA (Hons) Human Resource Management
Category: Business

27 January 2014

Hello, person reading this! I’m Charlotte and I’m the Course Rep for the first year Human Resource Management course in Cambridge. A little bit about me: I am 21 and I live in a town called St Neots. It’s my hometown and the largest town in Cambridgeshire. I commute into Cambridge for uni and work all the time, and I do too much shopping here, too.

I have just completed my first term at Anglia Ruskin. As a commuter to uni, my social life runs around the X5 bus timetable, but I have fitted in some nights out. You can still have the uni life while being a commuter. My aims this term are to try and join a society and be more social like that.

All my assignments are now in: WOOOOOOOO! So glad about that. I have just completed the modules Introduction to Business Law, Introduction to Accounting and Finance (pleased that’s over as numbers aren’t my strength), Introduction to Economics, and the new module, Academic Skills.

Each module tests different skills. Economics tested our skills on how we can interpret graphs and apply the principles needed to questions. This skill, I bet, will be tested in other modules in years to come. Business Law was the module closest to my degree. Understanding business law is key for the HR profession. In HR, you deal with contracts – constructing contracts, unpicking contracts, finding loopholes in contracts. I found this module really interesting. This module I would recommend. Then on to Accounting. Well, I am a people person. Anyone who talks to me knows that I love to have conversations. Numbers don’t talk back, so personally I struggled with this, but I got there in the end and all the numbers match in the assignment. So WOOOOOOOOO! (again). And finally, Academic Skills. I know what you may be thinking: ‘Why do I need a module on this? I got into uni, I don’t need it.’ But I tell you something – I have learned so much in this module that can apply to any other module. How to structure essays properly, how to structure a report better, time management, the works. This is definitely not a ‘bird course’ that you can fly right through (that’s a line from Sister Act 2; love that film). It’s much harder than it looks so if you are on this course, take notice.

Now I am in my second term, I will still be busy. I have duties as a Course Rep, involving talking to my course leader and attending course rep meetings. As a Course Rep, I vote in Union Council meetings and for/against different policies that affect the University. So I urge all of you to find out who your Union Rep is and talk to them about your course or about anything to do with the Uni. If they don’t know they will find someone who does. Email me at with any suggestions or if you want to find something out about the Uni. I’m always around Uni, so if you see me just say hi.

Well, that’s it for my first blog. Hopefully you liked it and I will keep you up to date with what I am doing.


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