University is all about trying new things and meeting like-minded people. One of the best ways to do this is by joining a society or getting involved in a volunteering project during your studies.
Hertfordshire Students’ Union has over 100 societies offering everything from salsa dancing to LGBT and baking to K-pop.
Societies are like mini communities on campus that bring together students with similar interests. They range from academic and cultural to music and social so there's something for everyone. Being part of a society is a great way to try something new, meet new people and open yourself up to many different opportunities.
All clubs and societies are run by students which means you can decide the activities, events and experiences you take part in.
If you're interested in a career in the media, or you just want to try something new, our Students' Union offers a variety of roles for you to get involved in, including writing articles for the student newspaper, 'The Trident, and presenting a show on our resident student radio station, 'Trident Radio'.
Taking part in student media will give you valuable experience to put on your CV. Many alumni who were involved with student media during their studies have gone to have successful careers with the BBC, Centaur Media and Global.
Trident Media has changed my life. It sounds like a cliché but it really has changed what I wanted to do and who I wanted to be. I joined Trident Media in my first year as a contributing writer, and managed to get my very first article published in the magazine, BlueMoon. I was then successful in my application for News Editor, and finally went on to become Head of Print in my final year.
Volunteering during your studies will give you valuable experiences including opportunities to explore foreign countries on international charitable projects. If you volunteer with the Students’ Union you can receive a formal certificate at the end of the year which recognises the hard work you have put in.
The best bit is that while you're developing your transferable skills, you’ll feel good about the work you're doing, giving back and making a significant difference to local, national or even international causes that matter to you.
We are fortunate enough to have our own allotment plots on campus.
A group of student volunteers worked with local charity Groundwork East to prepare the plots and planted various vegetables e.g. chard, potatoes, garlic, onions, lettuce, broccoli and sprouts.
This area is available to all students and staff, offering a fantastic volunteering opportunity to maintain the plots. Gardening is not only a great way to improve our green spaces on campus, but also improves overall wellbeing.
As a uni student it’s really easy to isolate yourself in your room. It’s good to see what you’re doing coming to fruition, to see your efforts become something. It’s a really rewarding thing.
The University takes great pride in its social programme across the year.
Whether it’s a trip in the UK or abroad, we offer something for everyone. We run regular trips to London, Oxford, Stonehenge, Bath, Cambridge, Paris and more.