Joining a society can be a great way to kick-start your social prowess and introduce you to potential friends who share a common interest. With the new semester just beginning, here are some essential dos and don’ts to remember when joining a university society…
DO go to the fresher’s fair
Most universities host an annual fresher’s fair during fresher’s week. Be sure to set aside an hour or so from your partying schedule to pay the fair a visit. It will be a great chance to see all the societies that your university has to offer, and a great way to find out more information about them. Don’t be afraid to ask questions either, so you know exactly what the society is like before you join.
DON’T panic if a society you’d like is missing
From the hummus society to the custard wrestling society, there are certainly some weird and wonderful options out there. However, it is not uncommon for students to find that there isn’t a society that caters to their preferred interest, especially if this interest is somewhat abstract. If this is the case for you, don’t abandon societies forevermore. Instead, why not set up your own? There are sure to be some other diehard 90’s TV fans or Iron Man lovers on campus, so give it a go – your society could become the latest university craze!
DO gain skills for your CV
If your CV is looking particularly bare, joining a society can help you gain a wealth of skills that employers look favourably on. For example, if you intend to pursue a career as a journalist, joining a writing society will provide you with invaluable experience. Can’t see how being part of the cake baking society will help you land that career as a high-flying lawyer? Joining any society will show potential employers your enthusiasm and willingness to be part of a team.
DO try something new
After finally flying the nest, university is the time for you to explore the world independently and try new things. If you’ve always fancied skiing or paintballing, why not give it a go? Finding time for this will be difficult once you’re working 9 till 5, so seize the opportunity through societies now.
DON’T hold back
Parties are the lifeblood of a student’s social life. They are a great way to mix with different groups and make new friends. It can sometimes be difficult to fit these socials in, especially around assessment period, but socially you will reap huge benefits from it so try to make time for them. Most students only spend three years at university, and believe it or not – it will be over in a flash. So make the most of it! Seize every moment, be the life and soul of your society and don your society’s personalised hoody with pride! It’ll be over before you know it…