Why take part in an enrichment activity?

Exeter College news article

Date: Wednesday 27 September 2017

Enrichment is an important part of your time at college, that's why we encourage all our students to join one of the many clubs and opportunities available. Some enrichment activities involve giving up an hour a week whereas some will require a bit more time but you could end up with a qualification at the end of it. As well as having the chance to meet new people and make new friends, you can use this time to relax and learn something new. It’s always a good idea to have a hobby that you are passionate about on your personal statement or CV too, so what are you waiting for?

There is a whole wealth of clubs and activities available to choose from, from self defence to big band and learning sign language and volunteering opportunities. Take a look at the list on the portal here.

If there isn’t something that takes your fancy then why not think about setting up your own group?

For many students time for enrichment activities is built into their timetable on a Wednesday afternoon so joining a club doesn’t mean you miss out on study time. We spoke to some of our students about why they love their clubs and this is what they had to say.

Rory: Debating Society

Clubs at Exeter such as Model United Nations and Debate society – and the wealth of talks and lectures from notable figures – have engaged me with the issues of society and the wider world, and have provided insight into a range of topics.”

James: Student Representative Committee

The opportunities I’ve got here (from the SRC to TEDx to extracurricular societies) are second to none. I’m confident in saying I’ve grown so much as both a person and student since starting at Exeter. I know I just wouldn’t be the same if I’d gone somewhere else!”

Hannah: British Sign Language course

The course was fun, relaxed, and ideal for beginners, and when it ended I came out with recognition of my achievement that I can show off to employers and universities, but most importantly the beginnings of a new way to communicate with the people around me. I would recommend this enrichment opportunity to anyone on any course who wants to learn a new skill outside of the college curriculum.”

Holly: Bike Club

At the Fresher’s Fair, there’s a wealth of enrichment activities to take part in. I’ve been cycling in a velodrome with Bike Club.”

Kira: Debating Society

College opportunities are great, as well as fascinating guest lecturers, I have been fortunate enough to go to TEDxExeter and the BBC’s South West General Election debate because of the fantastic Debating Society. These have complemented my studies brilliantly.”

Charlotte: Volunteering

Charlotte decided to raise money for the Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT) after doing some work experience with them. Along, with some friends, she climbed Snowdon this summer and managed to raise £150.

I did a week’s work experience with the GCT in 2015, and another week last summer. The GCT is the only UK registered charity to focus on the sustainability and conservation of the Galapagos Islands and wildlife. My personal motivation for donating to the GCT, was due to my interest in Marine Biology. The others liked the idea of helping the turtles too!”

Harry and Sarah: Big Band

We spoke to Harry and Sarah who have been part of Big Band for 2 years, as well as enjoying performing to the public, they said it’s a great way to meet people with the same love for music.

Sarah said: It helps to build confidence and it’s a great social thing. You learn a lot, it prepares you for a future career.”

Harry added: It gives me the chance to play the sort of music I like, I’m a jazz musician at heart so it means I can play with people who actually like the same sort of music. It’s great experience being part of a band like this, it’s good to prepare for things beyond college.”


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