I'm Hannah, a third-year Biomedical Science student and a volunteer. One of my voluntary roles was as an NUS National Conference Delegate.
My duties were to attend the annual, three-day National Union of Students (NUS) conference, vote on policies and amendments that had been proposed by fellow delegates from other universities, and/or propose new ones.
There were hundreds of policies and amendments proposed during those three days. I had to pay keen attention, reading them meticulously and listening keenly to the delegates as they debated them. This was to ensure that I was well-informed before I voted. I wanted to ensure that the NUS tackled issues that affects students, eg student poverty.
What I enjoyed about the role was having the opportunity to make a change, to ensure that the concerns and problems that students are facing – and continue to face – were taken directly to the organisation that represents us. I liked the fact that the event was centred around students, and that everyone had plenty of opportunity to talk about issues that they felt strongly about.
I gained and enhanced many skills during this event, such as communication, listening, and close attention to detail. I also improved my organisational skills as many events occurred each day, for example the fringes, which were events dedicated for those running for roles/positions within the NUS. I wanted to ensure that I knew exactly what they were going to offer us, as students, before I elected them.
The conference delegate role benefits anyone who wants to improve themselves and take part in something big. Introverts will benefit from this, as it will increase their confidence. You'll get to engage with other delegates to hopefully learn new things. Likewise, extroverts will be able to use their confidence, navigate their way around the events and also engage with other delegates.
I have always been interested in volunteering, and have been involved in it since school. I found it increased my communication, knowledge and understanding of societal issues or initiatives going on. It has shown me how I can contribute to the community, and allowed me to persevere, set goals for myself and strive to achieve them. It has improved my listening, organisational and planning skills immensely, and being in my final year, I now feel ready to go into the big world.
Back at Anglia Ruskin, I submitted my manifesto of the things I wanted to do if I got elected during the annual Rep elections, and students voted for me. Any student from any course/faculty can vote for you.
I totally recommend this role to everyone, it's truly enjoyable.