Firstly, what an exciting decision you've made to study a degree at ARU, having just finished my final year, I wish I could go back and do it all again. I've truly had the best four years and have made the most amazing memories.
I remember starting at ARU as a fresher, and walking into my first class absolutely terrified that I didn't know anyone, or that I would dislike my course and wouldn't make any friends, however, that couldn't have been further from the truth.
From day one, I vowed to myself that I would get involved in anything that came my way, and I'm so glad I did. Everything from course rep, to societies, to student ambassador and exploring Cambridge, I really do recommend making the most of your time as it flies by so quickly and you may not have the opportunity again. Everything that I got involved with helped to build my confidence and many other skills one little step at a time, and looking back, I can't believe how much I have grown and developed over the past four years.
My second piece of advice would be to make the most of your lecturers, they truly are experts in their fields and can support you throughout your entire degree journey, whether that's helping you to figure out what you might want to do in the future or providing you with local insight as to where there may be opportunities for you to gain real life experience. I'm so grateful for the support of all my lecturers, especially my personal tutor and dissertation supervisor, I don't know how I would have managed final year without them!
My final advice to you all is ENJOY IT. As cliché as it sounds, university has been the best four years of my life, I have learnt so much, made so many friends for life and found what I am really passionate about. You have the freedom at university to personalise it to how you want it to be, so make sure you're doing things you really love. Finally, don't be scared to give things a go, even if they turn out not to be for you, at least you've tried it!
Emma Scriven, BSc (Hons) & HR Management Class of 2020