A College is more than classrooms and textbooks. It’s a time for discovery – personally, socially and globally. Within that context, a strong student union must be more than brick and mortar. A student union is the heart and pulse of the campus. The purpose of these organizations is to represent students both within the institution and externally, including on local and national issues. Students’ unions are also responsible for providing a variety of services to students. Depending on the organization’s makeup, students can get involved in the union by becoming active in a committee, by attending councils and general meetings, volunteering within a group, service or club run by the union, or by becoming an elected officer. Some students’ unions are politicized bodies, and often serve as a training ground for aspiring politicians. Students’ unions generally have similar aims irrespective of the extent of politicization, usually focusing on providing students with facilities, support, and services.