Have you ever wondered what it’s like to hurtle through space at several hundred thousand kilometres per hour, see stars whizz by as if you just engaged warp drive on the Millennium Falcon, and watch the fabric of space and time distort in front of your very eyes? Well that’s too bad. While the Earth, and thus you, are moving through space at this speed all the time, it’s far too slow to observe any relativistic affects, rendering the aforementioned scenario nigh impossible. Also, warp drives don’t exist.
Fun stuff, right? Most people would disagree. Then again, most people wouldn’t study physics either. Yet here you are! Embarking on a physics degree might seem like a lonely journey at first, but fret not, there are many hopeful souls just like yourself here at the University of Warwick, and they can find a travellers’ respite in a wonderfully social society known as the Warwick Physics Society. Objectively, it might just be the best society on campus and subjectively… well, I think we all know. Leave all your preconceived notions about what a physicist is and must be at the door, because there’s no other place where the stereotype is so firmly reinforced and completely dispelled at the same time.
Leave all your preconceived notions about what a physicist is and must be at the door…
The Warwick Physics society is filled with sociable and diverse people that enjoy partying, sports, games, travelling, and learning just as much as they enjoy making fun of biology. We organise weekly physics cafés where professors at the university are invited to talk about their research along with complementary pizza, snacks, and drinks for everyone present. There are bi-weekly pub crawls organised by the society which are always a home run for university students. For the travellers among you, we offer trips to various destinations with a significant importance to physics, and for the athletically inclined the society will be working closely with the physics football team this year. The team competes in the intermural league on campus and last year went on to place first overall!
On the academic side of things – this is university after all – the society organises weekly help sessions for first year students on topics they might struggle with. Additionally, the society has a mentoring scheme in place for all first year students that want some extra help. Here, 3rd or 4th year students get together with a few freshers to share their knowledge and experience. They’re also there to offer some much-needed guidance when that problem sheet didn’t turn out to be quite as trivial as was claimed by the issuing professor.
Society membership will be free starting this academic year, so nothing should hold you back from joining our community…
As you might have realised, the society caters to absolutely everyone and it’s an amazing social space to meet and interact with likeminded people. It’s a place where you share your experiences, frustrations, or enthusiasm and realise that everyone can relate to what you are saying. And the cost of all this? Absolutely nothing. Society membership will be free starting this academic year, so nothing should hold you back from joining our community. We look forward to welcoming you!