Harriet is twenty-one years old and has just completed her degree in BA (Hons) Digital Film Production. She will be graduating with a 2:1 Harriet got involved with Student Life because she enjoys writing and wants to continue this skill.
As a soon to be graduate of University of Suffolk, I was a sociable student and often met up with friends and other students. One of the main aspects for getting involved in University life is the Students’ Union. They offer a wide range of weekly sports sessions under the Most Active Students’ scheme, for only one pound for students. The MAS activities are beneficial for students to meet other students and for keeping fit and healthy at a much lower cost compared to gyms. The SU also featured societies which are an integral part of the University’s Students’ Union. Luckily enough our SU had over twenty activity societies so there was something for every student!
However, I studied a BA (Hons) in Digital Film Production and noticed that there was not a film society. In December 2016, I decided to take on the challenge myself and founded the University of Suffolk Students’ Union Film Society. Callum (the society’s secretary) and I worked effortlessly to make the society special and memorable for each of our eighty plus members. We organised weekly screenings, monthly quizzes and cinema trips and were lucky enough to be Society of the Year 2017 and 2018 consecutively.
In October 2017, I discovered a funding opportunity for our society and applied for funding from the University of Suffolk’s Foundation Board. We were fortunate enough to receive four hundred pounds from the foundation board to improve our monthly quizzes. This funding for the quizzes was used to purchase decorations, refreshments and prizes which were up for grabs for our members to win. I can definitely say that being part of this community made the University experience beneficial and most of the friends I made during University were through the Film Society. Finally, I would advise all students at University of Suffolk to get involved in societies in order to meet new people but most importantly to enhance their whole University experience.