Love sport? Chair of a society? Or just getting involved with something new? We're going to be picking one DMU student each week as our ‘Student in the Spotlight’, to celebrate their successes, achievements and discover a bit more about them and what they're up to!
This week we’re joined by Georgia Firth, a final-year student and treasurer of DSU’s Dance Society who were named Society of the Year at The SULETS DSU Societies Awards 2016. Let’s find out a bit about her!
Why did you get involved in societies at DSU?
I decided to get involved with the Dance Society at DSU when I was in first year and continued to be a part of it throughout the whole time I have been at DMU. I saw it as a great opportunity to meet a group of people all with a common interest in Dance, it presented itself as a great way to meet new people and gives you an instant group of friends. Not only is it good exercise but gave me a break from my studies which I found was definitely needed, especially during final year! I also liked that you could be as involved as you like, there is no obligation to attend every class or every social! It also gave my the chance to help run the society and I was the Treasurer for two of my four years within the society.
Georgia (left) poses with fellow DMU Dance Society member Lydia Loukaides (right) at The SULETS DSU Societies Awards 2016.
What have you been doing when it comes to societies at DSU?
The Dance Society has had such an amazing and busy year. We started the year off performing at the Matriculation ceremonies with other sports teams and societies along with various open days throughout the year. We have also been fortunate enough to perform at the Rugby World Cup Fanzone in October and at half time of the Leicester Tigers v Bath game in November. The Dance Society went to two competitions this year which were in Cardiff and Sheffield. I was a part of the society's Hip Hop Troupe that were victorious in Sheffield and became the first Hip Hop Troupe for DMU to win at a society competition. The year was finished off with our 10th birthday end of year show, 'One Two Step', which showcased all of the types of dance the society offers and was a great success.
Alongside the performance opportunities that I have taken part in this year, I have also helped out at various charity events. I cycled with other members of the society and other sports teams to help raise money to 'Stamp Out Stigma' which was a great day and extremely successful. We also helped the Coppa Feel team out with their fundraising efforts and were walking the SU dressed as a boob, all for a good cause! A massive highlight for me however was abseiling down gateway house for SPARK where the Dance society alone raised £503, it was a great day despite the awful weather!
What has been the best part of your society activity?
For me the best part of being part of the society is being able to get involved with so much within the university. It offered so many different occasions to raise money for charity and to perform. I also was given a great opportunity by the Vice Chancellor, Dominic Shellard, to speak at a Winter Graduation Lunch about the Dance Society in front of senior members within the university.
What would you say to anyone thinking about joining societies at DSU?
Being a part of a society has massively improved my university life, not only did it allow me to get to know so many people but it also improved my university experience. I found particularly when applying for jobs for my placement year or at a graduate level, it gave me so much more to talk about in interviews other than just what modules I studied.
What is next for you?
After 4 amazing years with the Dance Society I am off to start a Commercial Finance Analyst role for Red Bull in London. I have loved being a student at DMU and even more so have enjoyed all the experiences that I have been presented by being a part of the Dance Society.
Thanks Georgia, and good luck from all at DSU!
To find out more about societies at DSU, click here.