What’s a university society?
Why join one?
I’m not really interested in anything, what would I do?
University is all about being more independent and trying new things. For most people the thought of going can be both an exciting and scary thought. Which is where societies come in. They help you settle in and get to know other students who are in the exactly the same position as you.
So, what are they? Societies are just groups of students who all share a common interest. This can be music, sports, languages… you name it – we have it! But if not, then you can create your own society!
Joining a society is so much more than just a hobby – there’s a sense of community – you make some amazing friends whilst doing something you love each week.
Still not convinced? Here are my top 4 reasons why joining a society should be top of your list when you come to uni. So why should I join a society at university?
1. It keeps you busy
A busy student is a happy student. If you are living away from home for the first time you may sometimes feel lonely. Joining a society helps you make great friends and keeps you active.
2. You experience new things
I’m part of Taekwondo Society. In my first year I got to go to my first ever Taekwondo competition where I competed against other universities. I would never have had that opportunity if I wasn’t a member.
I’m also in Music Society. We get the opportunity to play in concerts and gigs throughout the year and there is even a music tour in June. If it weren’t for the society I would never have had the opportunity to perform abroad with my instrument.
You can relax and leave any worries and stresses in the lecture theatres.
University is about making more of your opportunities. If you have been swimming all your life and you really enjoy it, then going to university shouldn’t hold you back. Joining a relevant society means you can keep doing the things you love regularly, despite a change in location.
I’m in! But how would I get involved?
It’s really easy, you go along to fresher’s fayre talk to current members and sign up to any that you like the sound of. You can join as many as you want – I have friends who are part of no societies whilst others, like myself, are members of 4 or more!
Still not for you?
If you don’t like the look of any societies available at your university, that’s okay! Why don’t you give one a go anyway? University is all about learning new things and pushing yourself in directions you normally wouldn’t go in. Give it a whirl, you might surprise yourself.