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Why join a society?

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If someone tells you societies are not an important aspect of Fresher’s, they are lying. Societies make up a big chapter of the university experience in general, and can offer great support in many aspects of your first year.

In my first term at Warwick, I made the mistake of staying away from societies. In my defence, I came to Warwick with no clue about how British universities work. And since societies are not important in the university systems of the two countries I am familiar with, I disregarded them as a big part of social life on campus. I didn’t even know that the two days of the Societies Fair included different societies, so I thought that all I saw on the one day was all that was offered. Thankfully, I decided to get involved with some societies in Term 2 and within just two months, I found myself holding positions on the executive boards of two.

Whatever it is you want to do, there will most probably be a society for it. If not, you can always start a new society with the SU!

Societies can be invaluable for a lot of reasons. First of all, you get the chance to continue with your hobbies from before university, or to even take up completely new hobbies. The options are limitless and whatever it is you want to do, there will most probably be a society for it.  If not, you can always start a new society with the SU! Whether your interests lie in photography, cooking, creative writing or debating, you will find societies to match your skills and interests, alongside dozens of sports clubs.

Societies are not just about hobbies though. You will find academic societies corresponding to your course, which can offer support if you’re struggling with your degree. They will also organise events closely linked to your subject and give you the opportunity to get to know your coursemates through socials like meals out, Pop! circling, balls, and tours in the UK or abroad.

My advice is this: go to the Fresher’s events of every single society that sounds interesting to you…

There are cultural societies that you may want to join if you’re feeling homesick and want to socialise with students from your country, or if you particularly enjoy the culture of another country. There are also societies centred on politics, campaigning and charities- perfect for anyone wanting to express their views and help make the world a better place.

My advice is this: go to the Fresher’s events of every single society that sounds interesting to you. Even if you end up not liking the society, you will know what it’s like and will probably have met some people. And if you do like the society, you will be able to start socialising with other Freshers and older students, and can start building strong friendships based on your common interests. If you really like a society, you can even run for an executive position later in the year, which means that you will be among the people organising all these events for the following year.

Joining a society doesn’t mean you have to go to every single society event…

Don’t worry about going over the top with society involvement, joining a society doesn’t mean you have to go to every single society event. Work around your own timetable. As for studying for your degree? You will be just fine as long as you keep coursework and social life in balance.

For more information on the societies Warwick has to offer, visit the SU website:
https://www.warwicksu.com/societies/

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