If I could describe my time at time at ARU, I’d say it’s been a journey packed full of creativity and it’s been inspirational on all accounts. There’s so many different opportunities, and so much support available that I’ve really felt part of a community.
I graduated this year with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design, and during my time here I’ve immersed myself totally into University life, determined to achieve the most from my course and extra-curricular activities.
I’ve joined many societies, including the K-Pop Society and I was also the President of the Graphic Design Society, collaborating with other societies to help produce their promotional designs and branding, and allowing opportunities for other creative students to expand their portfolios. I was also the graphic designer for the Ruskin Journal, ARU's student magazine.
I was really pleased when the Graphic Design Society was awarded ‘Most Improved’ in the Students' Union Awards last year, with a Best New Society award for the Ruskin Journal.
Alongside my studies, I was nominated to become the Campaign Representation for BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) students, and I worked hard to raise awareness of the BME student experience. I’ve hosted several events and forums, and the feedback we’ve received from those events has led to the creation of further minority groups. It’s really important we retain a sense of inclusivity throughout the University, and I’m proud of my work to help achieve this.
I was a Course Representative for two years, and helped initiate several new ways of working that have been successfully implemented. This included enabling a break between two lectures on opposite sides of campus, the provision of recycling bins in the computer rooms, and helping a physical essay module submission be changed to a digital one.
I volunteered as a Welcome Buddy for two years, helping to mentor several students and making sure they settled into University life. I also worked as a Student Ambassador, assisting at several events including Open Days and Welcome Week, and helping new and prospective students.
One of my proudest achievements took place last year, when I was awarded the Outstanding Contribution of the Year Award at our Students’ Union Awards, with my volunteering roles cited as an excellent achievement.
I’m really shocked to have won a Student Leader Award: it was really unexpected but an amazing achievement.
ARU has really helped me achieve success. I’ve taken part in the ARU Employability Programme, which helped improve my leadership and communication abilities, and provided me with a valuable set of skills I can take with me in the future. I’ve felt really supported by the amazing alumni, staff and lecturers that have really pushed me to achieve my goals.
And now? I’m still settled in Cambridge, and working in my ideal career as a graphic designer.
By Blessing Raimi
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