University is the perfect opportunity for you to try new things! You’ve moved away from home, landed yourself in
, started a new course. But you’ve got plenty more time to fill! Joining a society is a great way to make new friends, explore your interests, find new passions, and create memories that will last you a lifetime. Every Uni has a huge variety of societies, everything from a football society, a movie society, all the way through to a curry society! You’re guaranteed to find something that suits you.
Whether it’s sports related, something in your academic field, or something completely rogue like Hummus society (yes, you heard that right), you should definitely get involved!
Joining a society at University is the perfect way for you to expand your social group away from your flat and course mates. These are all people who share a common interest with you, so you’ll find like-minded people you can get to know better.
Societies are the perfect way to explore new interests and try something new! Even if you have never done something before, if you have even the slightest interest in it, give it a go and join a society for it.
is the perfect opportunity to sign up to something new, get down to your
for an intro into all the societies available. It’s kind of daunting, the idea of trying something new for the first time, but you never know you might find a new love for it! We always recommend getting involved with anything you can at uni. It’s prime time for learning new things!
Taking part in a society in uni, whether it is a sports society, related to the subject you're studying, or something completely random, is a great way to develop your transferable skills. It will expose you to a range of different people, will build your team work skills, your confidence, critical thinking and teamwork.
applying for a job
, employers look for people who have a good list of transferable skills and those who are well rounded. Showing your hobbies and interests outside of academics is really appealing to employers. Involvement in a society also shows commitment, passion and dedication, all things that employers are looking for. It also looks really good if you apply for positions within the society (such as treasurer, social sec etc…) as it will highlight your active involvement, and shows a desire to go for higher positions. So if you join any societies, list them down on
where it’s appropriate.
Societies are the perfect place to expand your network. Especially if it’s something related in the field you want to work, like a Law society, an Art society, or even a Sports society. This is the perfect opportunity to build your network, and to start thinking about your life after uni.
Getting involved with a society is a perfect chance for you to help boost your confidence. When you first join, it’s likely you’ll be pushed out of your comfort zone, meeting new people and trying new things. It is always daunting starting new experiences, but once you do you will feel so much better, and have a confidence boost to hold your head high in any situation. It’s so beneficial to push yourself out of your comfort zone, as it really helps you grow as a person.
Socialising is one of the best parts of society life. Even before you get to uni you’ll probably have heard about the famous society socials. The majority of societies will host weekly or monthly social events. They’re often themed so if you’re a fan of fancy dress, now’s your time to shine. If you’re part of a sports society you can look forward to a university wide dedicated sports night, where all of the sports teams will have a joint social. It’s always fun to get involved in these types of things, and let’s be real, who doesn’t love going out in fancy dress!
The main part of joining a new society and trying something new, is you might discover a new passion. There are so many different societies to choose from so whether you find a love for a new sport, or find a passion for something that you want to pursue as a career, chances are, you will discover something new that you love.
Like most of your time at uni, you’ll create some amazing memories in your society. From wild socials, to meeting new friends, or even those award winning matches in a sports society, these memories will stay with you for the rest of your life. Getting to spend time with your friends and doing what you love is absolutely the one.
Some societies get involved with community projects and outreach programmes. It’s super rewarding to be a part of a project like this! So, if you want to get involved in projects within your community and city and help out a bit, have a look for societies that offer work away from your university.
Joining a society is a great way to boost your university experience. You’ll have buckets of fun, and you might find something new that you absolutely love. Don’t be put off if you’ve never done it before, we know it can be daunting, but uni is all about trying new things, and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. You will make memories that last a lifetime, meet new people, build up your CV, and find a love for something that’s outside of your academic subject! So, it really is worth getting involved!
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