Anna Miles - Cardiff
My name is Anna Miles, I am 20 years old and I am at Cardiff University studying Archaeology, about to enter my final year.
Joining WUOTC was my first taste of military experience and it has been thoroughly enjoyable due to the variety of activities that the WUOTC offers, as well as the great friends I have met.
Firstly, the military training has given me a range of skills a year ago I never thought I would have learnt. As well as building up character by teaching you to push your limits, you are also taught leadership and teamwork skills, building up a close camaraderie with fellow students leading to great friendships across all the Welsh Universities.
Quickly you learn that the Army is not just about training in the field. Adventure training is a key part of what the WUOTC is about, designed to push you to your limits, helping you discover your boundaries, doing things that you never thought possible.
The main opportunity the adventurous training has provided me with was the chance to ski for a week, learning how to ski with qualified instructors. Despite a shaky start, (not being the most natural skier), by the end of the week I had made it down a red slope without crashing, managing to pass my Basic Ski Proficiency, whilst enjoying every minute!
Add in some fantastic socials with some amazing fancy dress, (believe me I never thought at a ski resort I would be dressed as a Maori or an old aged pensioner, with many of the guys looking convincingly like old women) and you have yourself a week you will never forget!
With WUOTC I have also participated in a wide range of other adventure training activities such as climbing, sailing, kayaking, rafting and mountain biking.
Another key aspect of WUOTC are the 'etiquette training' nights, which include socialising with numerous people at the University's cheapest bar!
In addition we have the opportunity to attend several black tie events, the perfect opportunity to dress up- it is astonishing to see how different people look when they are all dressed up and not in uniform and cam cream!
These are all great opportunities to meet new people, allowing you to brush up on conversational skills and become more confident as a person. Finally, it is great to be part of WUOTC mainly as I cannot think of another university society that offers so much with such a variety of activities and events. Not only does it give you such a sense of reward and satisfaction but also a great group of friends and all the memories that you share with them.