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What kind of things can I do at university?

In this video, a student from the University of Surrey talks about the extra-curricular opportunities open to you at university.
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Hello my name is Maria and I’m a student at the University of Surrey currently on my placement year as an Employability Awards Assistant at Employability and Career services. The amount of activities which you can get involved in alongside your studies at Surrey is incredibly broad. There are more than 150 societies and sports where you can try anything from snow sports to baking. Surrey Sports Park is a fantastic place for exercising and socialising with your friends. You might choose to run for an officer at the Surrey Student Union, a committee member for a society or a course representative among your peers. Here at Surrey everyone can practise their faith in our special designated places for worship on campus.
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If volunteering is your calling, you can find opportunities through Surrey volunteering website and record the skills and experiences which you are gaining. The extra career development programmes such as a placement in industry or the employability award programme can help you to gain valuable experience before you graduate. Whatever your interests might be, you will be able to practise them with other like-minded people here at University of Surrey.

In the video you will hear from Maria Vasileva, a student at the University of Surrey, who has spent her one-year Professional Training Placement working on Surrey University’s Employability Award. Maria talks about the kinds of extra-curricular activities that are available at university, as well as the benefits of being proactive.

What do you think?

  • What are your impressions of the range of activities you can get involved in at university? Is it as you expected?
  • Take a look at The University of Surrey Student Life website (or another similar page at another university) and investigate what you can get involved in at university.
  • Is there anything that you might like to try from the ideas Maria mentions? Are there other ideas you’ve had?
Share your thoughts in the comments below.

In the next two steps we will hear the personal experiences of two more Surrey students who have recently graduated, Anisa and Arjun.

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