This week is national #LoveSUs week and all week we’ve been sharing some of the things AberSU has done for you: our students. From a new accessible minibus and more meeting spaces, to open feedback Zones, a new AberSU app and help finding part time work and volunteering opportunities. These are just some of the things we have done over the past few months in response to your feedback.
Students’ Unions are all about empowering students to make your time at university and beyond even better. We’re busy having conversations and making great changes every single day, from that 5 minute adjustment to the bus timetable to engaging in national campaigns to ensure that your education is protected.
As a student, I was keen to get involved with the SU from my first day in Aber. I quickly signed up to become a volunteer with the ‘A Team’, volunteered to be an Academic Rep and joined several societies, which I then went on to run committees of in my second and third year. Three years ago, I never could have imagined that getting involved in the Students’ Union would give me so many opportunities, and when bright eyed and bushy tailed first years ask me the question of “how do I make the most of my time at uni?” my answer is immediately “get involved with the SU!”
Like many students, when I came to university I struggled with the leap in expectations between school and uni, while working part-time, struggling with my health and trying to keep up with work. The SU gave me a huge group of people who became my family during my time as a student and supported me through thick and thin. Volunteering and throwing myself into every opportunity the union offered me meant I met some incredible like-minded people who have become some of my best friends who encouraged me through every stage of my student life.
The skills I gained as a volunteer have also been invaluable, and it is only thanks to the many opportunities I was offered that I can say I have defined skills in first aid, events management, leadership and many, many more. Being a full time officer has given me the opportunity to feed back into and make positive changes to the education of students at Aberystwyth University. Like Students’ Unions all over the country, AberSU has empowered me to become the confident, compassionate and committed leader that I am today. And that’s why my number one piece of advice to students is to take advantage of everything the SU offers you, and also why I #LoveSUs