Yes, staying in halls with your flatmates watching Gossip Girl box sets and eating Dominos is all very well. But it isn’t exactly rewarding, is it?
It’s time to step outside your comfort zone, head to that freshers fair and sign up to the wackiest societies your Uni has to offer. You won’t know you’re a Quidditch pro until you’ve tried, will you?
Here are 5 reasons why you won’t regret joining a university society:
1. Get a head start on your career
Graduate employability stats are thrown at us from the very moment we start uni. Instead of putting off the inevitable, joining a society offers the perfect solution to explore a hobby you’re interested in, while also improving your employability. Fill your CV with interests and passions and those internship offers will be rolling before you know it.
2. Supplement your degree
Societies aren’t always all fun and games, though. Most subjects have their own partner academic society, which works closely with lecturers and that academic college, whether that’s Politics, Biology or English. Second-year University of East Anglia student Harriet took a committee role on the Business Society and described it as “an invaluable way to get to know course mates and lecturers outside of the course environment and to share your passion with others.” Take a break from the books and learn from those around you.
3. Get organised
A.K.A: get your life together. If you’re heavily involved in any society, especially if you choose to take up a committee position, you’ll soon learn the act of juggling work commitments with extra-curricular activities – a skill you’ll come to rely on for the rest of your adult life.
4. Step outside your comfort zone
Quite literally. ‘Jailbreak’ events at various UK universities involve students travelling the globe without spending any money. If that’s a bit too extreme for you, then societies offer lots of less radical ways to push yourself, such as hosting your own show on the campus radio station or organising outside speakers to come and talk about what you’re interested in.
5. Meet people who totally get you
There’s nothing like being thrown into halls and forced to bond with a load of random strangers. While it might seem like a truly amazing coincidence that everyone in your flat has a thing for Dominos, if you want to meet people who you really have something in common with, then societies are your best bet.