Societies Societies Societies #creativewarwick
I just realized that I have not touched upon the importance of societies in any of my blog posts, so I’d thought I will use this post to do that now, especially since, the creative Warwick campaign is taking place.
Personally speaking, I did not actively take part in any societies in my first year—I just signed up to loads of societies newsletters’ and ended up going to a variety of taster sessions and society events’, but did not commit myself to a society. The only society I was particularly dedicated to was Warwick UNICEF as I helped raise funds for their Fast 24 program where we had to fast for a day for the children of Yemen, who were suffering from malnutrition.
This year, I decided to take advantages of the opportunities Warwick has to offer so I committed myself to two societies (Enactus Warwick and TED X Warwick) and was fortunate to get the opportunity to be a part of the Student and Staff Liason Committee, representing my course.
TED X Warwick, as most of you would know is, affiliated with TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design), which stands for ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’ and organizes one of the largest annual conferences in Warwick, attended by 1500+ people, where speakers from all walks of life, from all over the world, come and share their captivating story. We even hold salons and student salons throughout the year, on a smaller scale, which are free of cost and comprise of a smaller number of speakers. Among all the various teams, I am in the publications team, and so I responsible for interviewing speakers, curating content for the magazine for the event and maintaining the TED X Warwick Blog (https://medium.com/tedxwarwick), along with creating promotional content for our events. Its still not too late to apply, if you want to work with us! We have volunteer positions open (http://www.tedxwarwick.com/volunteer/) and the deadline for volunteers is the 2February 2017.
On the other end of the spectrum, I work with Enactus Warwick, affiliated with Enactus, a world-wide voluntary organization. In Enactus, I work in the Social Enterprise Division, a division which works towards empowering the less-privileged communities. In the Social Enterprise Division, there are several social entrepreneurship projects. I work for the Gateway Project, which aims to empower refugees and asylum seekers in the UK through enhancing their soft-skills and IT Skills through our workshops, and providing them with an employability program and mentorship scheme.
It has been difficult balancing work, studies, societies and this blog, especially since, there is so much more workload, compared to the first year. I am definitely enjoying it and love what I am doing but at the same time I regret not taking advantage of these opportunities in the first year, when they were offered to me.
So, this is really a shout out to all freshers who are out there right now, to go out, and take advantage of what’s offered to you!!!!
Thanks for reading and hope you have a lovely day!