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Have you spotted any rainbows in the windows near you? 🌈☀️✨ Rainbows are being drawn, painted, and created by people all over the country to inspire positivity while we're all staying indoors🏡. It really brightens up the streets for key workers going by, or those on their daily exercise or shopping trip. Have you created a rainbow, or seen any yourself? Tag us in your rainbow making/ spotting🕵️ #chasetherainbow #ARUHeroes #ARUproud #AngliaRuskin #stayathomesavelives #rainbowspotting #chelmsford #rainbows #aru #Angliaruskinuniversity

Have you spotted any rainbows in the windows near you? 🌈☀️✨ Rainbows are being drawn, painted, and created by people all over the country to inspire positivity while we're all staying indoors🏡. It really brightens up the streets for key workers going by, or those on their daily exercise or shopping trip. Have you created a rainbow, or seen any yourself? Tag us in your rainbow making/ spotting🕵️ #chasetherainbow #ARUHeroes #ARUproud #AngliaRuskin #stayathomesavelives #rainbowspotting #chelmsford #rainbows #aru #Angliaruskinuniversity

What do final year students start thinking about? Rhea starts to think about her five-year ambitions: "For any third year, the future can be a scary concept. You have that feeling as you head into your final semester or trimester that now you need to plan out the rest of your life. As I search for graduate schemes and internships, I think about where I want to be in five years’ time. A time that is not that far away that it feels impossible to fathom, but it’s also not too close that I need to apply too much pressure to myself. I found the best place to start was to think about what I’m good at. By giving us positions like ‘team leader’ in task-based modules, my course helped me develop leadership skills and confidence in my ability to delegate and treat a team fairly. I know that right now, I would like to be a digital marketing analyst where I have the chance to study human behavior and find ways of targeting ads without breaking personal privacy rights. After some thought I have made a list of what else, as well as the sector, is important to me to find in a career: 1. I hope to be working for a firm that is economically friendly, has equal pay for all employees and is a job I can thrive, and importantly, progress in. 2. I want to be able to bring change in the work I do and help find solutions. 3. I love numbers; so I want the chance to produce statistical models that would help understand what consumers need. 4. I want to be able to travel to different places and be able to build cultural experiences into my life and work. 5. I would like a chance to work with a charity for a cause I believe in. In five years, wherever I am I want to be happy and content with everything in my workspace and personal life. For the bigger picture, of course, I have long-term dreams too: 1. I want to have an impact on the world in some way. 2. I still want to have and dedicate time to my passion for dance, and have time to create a dance studio or to teach people how to dance. 3. My biggest goal is to save money so I can build my parents their dream home to retire in where they can be happy." #ARUProud #WomeninSTEM #AngliaRuskin #computing #studentblogger #chelmsford

To finish off our #ARUinLove stories we're bringing you our wonderful Alumni Officer Kim's story of how she met her husband Evan. "Evan and I met after a chance meeting on ARU’s Chelmsford campus back at the beginning of 2017, when he was in the middle of his PhD and I was working in The MedBIC at the time. We clicked straight away and began to spend more and more time together, FaceTiming almost every night of our relationship. After meeting each other’s families, them meeting each other (slightly trickier when one family lives almost 3000 miles away!) and me proofreading his PhD a few Christmases ago, Evan proposed in January last year. We got married in November, moved in together, Evan submitted his PhD with final corrections and we flew to Nigeria for his brother’s wedding all within a month, making 2019 an incredible year. I’m incredibly grateful for his support, not only for me, but of my whole family through a difficult time a few years ago. He’s not just my husband, he’s my best friend, and I wouldn’t have it any other way." #valentinesday2020 #valentinesday #metatuni #couplegoals #angliaruskin #aruproud #arualumni #angliaruskinuniversity #lovestories #cambridge #chelmsford #aruchelmsford

Faye tells us how she met her husband of 25 years through ARU! This is Faye and Gary's story. "I secured a place doing music degree at Cambridge College of Arts and Technology (the forerunner to ARU) in 1989. When not studying, I worked in The Anchor on Silver Street which was where I met my husband, Gary. He had just moved up from London and worked around the corner from the pub. It was the start of my final year and my friend and I had signed up to a fresher’s week, 3-legged pub crawl. We invited Gary and his friend to join us. Not being students, they didn’t quite grasp the concept so leisurely had a pint in every pub – they were a little worse for wear when they eventually got back to The Tram Depot. But it can’t have gone that badly because we celebrated 25 years of marriage in 2019 and have stayed in Cambridge all this time. Gary set up, run and sold a business. I worked globally for blue chip companies and start-ups, and then set up my own Communications and PR company in Cambridge back in which is going from strength to strength. Other than a degree, you never know what path being at ARU will take you on – we live, work and play here and I have fond memories every time I drive past the campus on East Road (which is very often!). As a businesswoman it’s also important to me to continue to support the ARU community – I currently have a part-time employee from ARU and we also take on work experience people from ARU too." #valentinesday2020 #valentinesday #metatuni #couplegoals #angliaruskin #aruproud #arualumni #angliaruskinuniversity #lovestories #cambridge #chelmsford #arucambridge

We're continuing with our #ARUinLove stories this weekend... because love is still in the air! This is Ashley and Lewis's story. "Lewis and I met at ARU in 2012. We both spent the first two years of our Business Management degree course at Seevic college (now USP) through the University’s partner college scheme. There were six of us in our seminar classes and we all became really close. Lewis and I became best friends and we had all the same lectures together. We lived about ten minutes away from each other and spent many late nights/early mornings in the library spurring each other on to complete (last minute) assignments. After three years our course was finished and we watched each other graduate before it was time to enter the big world! Two years after leaving ARU, we moved in together and Lewis asked me to marry him in Disneyland with Minnie Mouse by our side. Fast forward another two years and we were getting married with two of our original class there, one as best man and one as an usher! Degrees aren’t the easiest to get through but we survived it, made so many memories and I gained a husband and some life long friends." #valentinesday2020 #valentinesday #metatuni #couplegoals #angliaruskin #aruproud #arualumni #angliaruskinuniversity #lovestories #cambridge #chelmsford #arucambridge

''We met in Morgan's third week of her Master's program, no where else but in the ever cute Helmore Gym of ARU's Cambridge Campus" Vlad @vladcatusanuwxn and Morgan's #ARUinLove story! "We were there training with our volleyball club, but I was injured, that's why I was separated from the group, but I had heard about this new player that was supposed to be the best athlete we ever had! So from the get-go, due to my competitive spirit and ego, I saw Morgan as someone to challenge that I can prove I was the better athlete, haha. Because of my attitude we actually didn't get to properly introduce each other and talk for another two weeks when Morgan was somehow forced into this Sports Clubs meeting that I was attending. That was the first time we got to chat and it was a good time for me to find out her workout plans and fitness test results so I could get myself to outwork her in the gym. Again, silly me, I was so unaware of the fact that she liked me. As weeks went by, we were sometimes bumping into one another at practices or games when Morgan was trying to be just a good friend and get to know me, but I was really going to a very busy period of my life in which I was very dismissive to everything and everyone that wasn't strictly related to academia, sports or my career. We would meet at the gym to work out, but instead we would end up just laying on the mattresses and talking for a couple of hours until we had to go to our lectures. And this happened two to three times a week for almost two months, deep down inside I admit that I had days when I was just going there hoping to see her so we could talk." Read Vlad's full story by going to our blog: social.anglia.ac.uk/aruinlove #valentinesday2020 #valentinesday #metatuni #couplegoals #angliaruskin #aruproud #arualumni #angliaruskinuniversity #lovestories #cambridge #chelmsford #bulgaria #arucambridge

"I wouldn’t have it any other way as our love - it just transcends time - it’s an instinctive feeling for both of us that we just love each other and want each other." SO CUTE! #ARUInLove Nathen and Laura's story: "I transferred to ARU in my third year, which was terrifying, coming into a space in which these students have built their friendships over two/three years, "I’ll 100% be the outcast", I thought. However, one day I met Laura; she took me under her wing and slowly but surely I convinced her to take me into her heart. We fell in love so fast neither of us can believe it’s been over a year since we first met and I wouldn’t have it any other way as our love - it just transcends time - it’s an instinctive feeling for both of us that we just love each other and want each other. Laura and I are currently looking for a place to live together and we also both work in schools. She works in a primary school as a 1:1 SEN learning support assistant and I do the same but in a secondary school. Please our share our stories! Tag @angliaruskin on Twitter and Instagram and #ARUinLove!" #valentinesday2020 #valentinesday #metatuni #couplegoals #angliaruskin #aruproud #arualumni #angliaruskinuniversity #lovestories #cambridge #chelmsford #bulgaria #arucambridge