My Experiences as a First Year

During Freshers I signed up to a few societies, but truthfully I already knew Debate Society was going to be the one for me. I’ve always thrived on learning as much as I can, and understanding the point of view of others. I took a very active role at school, taking up projects to educate other students on the environment and was already a part of a debate club. So after attending my first meeting everything seemed to fit into place.

I found my first meeting quite overwhelming, starting university you’re introduced to so many different people with varying views and opinions. But I was determined to push myself, and I continued to go to the weekly sessions. That decision meant that I was able to gain many different experiences, and meet many new people that I know I will be friends with for the rest of my time at university and onwards.

My favourite social as a fresher was Laser Quest, it was the first time we all had to work together in groups and really helped me connect with everyone. Additionally, attending a talk by the former speaker of the House of Commons, Rt. Hon. John Bercow. It was a fantastic event. I found it to be very thought provoking and engaging. An experience I would not have had without joining this society.

Debate Society has taught me to be more patient and open minded. In particular when debating topics that I feel very passionate about, such as feminism and the environment. Which is very important to me as an Ecology and Conservation student.

I ran for the Charity and Fundraising Officer role as charity itself has always been close to my heart. I have raised money for charities such as the Red Cross and Cancer Research, amongst many others. I spent the last five years volunteering as an assistant leader within Girlguiding, helping educate and facilitate the growth of the next generation of young girls. I felt a great level of responsibility within that role, as it is important to me for girls to know their value and harness that to achieve whatever it is in life that they desire.

I felt with these previous experiences I could do the role justice and really push our society to open up more to the community and give back. I hope that through my role I can utilise the great passion our society shows for a variety of causes to make a real difference.

Joining this society has meant a great deal to me. It has truly helped me develop my own opinions and how I feel about the world we live in today, and in turn grow and flourish as a person.

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