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4 July 2022
This is the second part of my blog about my weekly life as a BSc Public Health student at ARU. This time I want to talk about my free time, what sports I do on campus, and how I got an internship with ARU.
Unfortunately, I do not have much free time, as I am studying in the library in most of my spare time. Yes, that’s sadly true that if you want to have good knowledge with high achievements, you can’t lie on your bed and watch Netflix!
I do go to the library every single day. Sometimes, I stay and study for just a few hours, sometimes, I can stay the whole day and night. Sometimes with my friends, we like to do over-nights when we are studying together, and during our breaks, we eat food, talk and have fun.
Even though I study a lot, I also spend time just by myself or with my friends. I am a member of the Martial Arts and Salsa societies. I like to attend these sessions because I have a chance to meet new people and learn something new.
Also, my friends and I like to go out, visit different cities, travel, or maybe just go for a walk. I want you to remember it’s possible during your degree to work, go out, travel, have hobbies, study and have excellent marks as long as you can manage your time and schedule and be strict with deadlines.
Sports have an essential place in my heart. I have been swimming professionally since I was eight. To this day, I swim every week, but now as a hobby. I have been invited to join the Chelmsford Swimming Club, where I attend my training sessions.
Besides swimming, in the University I discovered a completely new sport for me, which is volleyball. Previously, I had never played before. But now I love it. We have three weekly training sessions and BUCS competitions where we play against other universities. I also love boxing, which I am trying to attend weekly.
Lastly, I go to the gym quite often. Physical activity helps me stay mentally strong, cope with different difficulties and be healthy.
This year was great for internship opportunities. ARU Temps provided many positions for students within the University and with external companies. There were a lot of vacancies for different areas. Most of the internships are during spring and summer time.
When I started to prepare my motivational letter and CV, I had an appointment with career advisors at ARU. They were very useful in helping me prepare relevant documents and be ready for interview. A few days after my application, I was invited to a couple of interviews.
I chose to do an internship with ARU Student Union as an HR administrator. You might ask, 'but why are you joining another field if you studied Public Health?' I need to say that I would be able to implement the new transferable skills I am getting here in my future career related to Public Health. Having this experience, I will be above other candidates in the future.
At the end of the second part of this blog, I want to say my experience at ARU has been exciting. I have had a lot of opportunities here, which has helped me become a stronger and more successful person. I hope some of my life insights may inspire you to do something similar, to succeed in your university journey.
Deividas is studying Public Health at ARU in Chelmsford. To find out more about our degree courses and student life at ARU, book your place at an Open Day.