17 December 2018
Attend events even if you think they are not quite right for you or your course. No one ever achieved anything by saying no!
University events come in all shapes and sizes, some are sociable and some are informative. With the informative ones you will always come away with a nugget of information, or even that gem of a reference to use in your assignments.
Throughout your studies at ARU, your faculty will arrange course specific talks or seminars. Some of these presentations will be designed purposefully for your module but often they are generic to your field of study. They are frequently advertised on the front page of your log-in page on my.anglia, so keep an eye on announcements and the "today on campus" feature.
Even though I am a mature student, I have tried to attend most sociable events, not only to be part of the whole university experience, but to try new things and meet new people. When you become a student, the whole student ethos envelopes you so you really cannot turn down a freebie, from slices of pizza to to pens - anything is welcome!
Freshers Week is the kickstart to university socialising and exploring so definitely start with that! There will be many ARU student ambassadors around to chat with and help you gauge how your uni life is going to be. Events also present themselves online so get yourself comfortable and log in, some are by video conferencing which are funny when you don't allow for the slight time delay!
Meeting other students from all kinds of situations and backgrounds has been the highlight for me. Where else can you sit round a table and have tea with people from Scotland, Iran and Ghana?! ARU and the students union work hard at putting together events and will advertise on campus and through social media, something else that I needed to get into!
Of course there will be events that are not to your liking. For me it was the foam party but afternoon tea was perfect. Your time at university passes you by quickly and then the looming world of being a grown up treats you to other experiences. Make the most of every day and every opportunity to do something different.