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I joined ARU two and half years ago and I made it my mission to get involved in everything I could. In the very first few months of university, I took part in ARU’s intern programme, working in the Faculty of Business and Law, which gave me the chance to develop my skills, get mentoring and grow both personally and professionally. Because ARU is such a vibrant environment, it was easy to get involved with more and I soon became a Student Ambassador, working during Open Days. Working closely with ARU’s staff made me feel so supported and encouraged that I even found the courage to challenge myself and deliver student life talks for the university and co-deliver welcome talks with faculty staff. I was also a course rep, which has now led me to represent the whole faculty. This is excellent for my CV as well making sure our students' voices are heard. All of these opportunities have built up and helped me believe in myself, in my abilities and, most importantly, boost my confidence. Of course, they are excellent for professional progression and my CV, too. I have been so happy with my experience at ARU and my biggest piece of advice would be to future ARU students to make sure they make the most of opportunities like this. - To read Alessia's full blog (including tips on getting involved with university life) visit: arul.ink/MakingTheMost #ARUProud #AngliaRuskinUniversity #GoingToARU

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