Who better to go to for advice on starting at NTU than someone who has been there before?
We’ll be sharing a number of student stories here on our blog between now and Freshers’ Week to help you get prepared for life at NTU, starting with this one.
NTSU has over 110 different societies ranging from languages and politics to blogging and gaming. Here’s how being part of one in particular changed Eve’s time at Trent for the better.
When did you get involved in NTSU?
I first got involved in June 2017, as the Editor-in-Chief of NTSU’s Platform magazine. Since I took over, the magazine has had five print editions, gained over 5,000 views a month, and has been shortlisted for Society of the Year two years in a row.
What impact has it had on your time at university?
My experience at university would have been completely different if I hadn’t been a part of Platform. I’ve gained new friends and more confidence, as well as improving my leadership abilities. It has been a really rewarding experience, and helping to create a fantastic team of writers, designers and marketers is something I’m incredibly proud of.
Do you feel it has helped with your personal development?
I used to be quite shy and struggled with my self-confidence. However, by putting myself in the role of Editor-in-Chief and having to recruit and communicate with lots of new people, I have definitely overcome that.
What is the best thing you have got out of it?
As cheesy as it sounds, the pride of seeing the Platform stand in the SU, seeing articles go up on the website, and seeing our members’ enthusiasm are the best things. Platform has accomplished so much in the past few years and being largely responsible for that is really special to me.
What has been your favourite memory of being involved in NTSU?
I won the Outstanding Commitment award at the Student Publication Awards in 2018. Being nationally recognised for my work was amazing, and it’s opened so many doors for me. I was also awarded Committee Member of the Year at the NTSU Awards this year. Being recognised by my peers was lovely and a great way to end my time as Editor-in-Chief.
Would you recommend that other students get involved in what NTSU has to offer?
Definitely! It will add a whole dimension to your time at Trent, and even if you’re unsure about something, the SU staff will give you lots of support.
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