(You wouldn't know it didn't start until next week, would you?)
Ahem. Today I'm taking a small step outside of my blogging niche to talk about university societies and why you should join at least one.
1. There Is Literally Something for Everybody
For anybody who doesn't know, a society is basically a club. There are all the normal ones like drama, dance, and debate, but there are also some really weird ones. At my uni, we have a circus skills society, a Quidditch society, and a tea society.
(Well, this is England.)
Yes, us Brits are famous for our circus skills.
2. You're on a Low Contact Hour Course
The fewer contact hours you have, the less likely you are to make friends on your course. Sorry, but it's a fact. Science students have it easy (socially speaking). English students, not so much. I wouldn't worry about it - everybody makes friends in their accomodation, after all - but joining a society is something to consider if you feel like you haven't met anyone you've clicked with yet.
3. Subject Societies
If you join nothing else, join your subject society. They're a great way to meet people on your course and they tend to throw awesome end of year parties.
4. Try New Things
Yes, you have to pay to join societies, but they usually offer free taster sessions during freshers' week. I tried fencing simply because I could. Make the most of the first couple of weeks and try everything that you've ever wanted to do. You might just find a new hobby.
5. Meet Students on Different Courses with the Same Passions
Despite what TV may tell us, not all science students are socially awkward nerds, and not all English students are hermits who live in the library. You get art students who like video games, computer science students who like reading, engineering students who like baking... Life is boring when all of your friends study the same course. There's no one to fly off the handle when they hear how many contact hours you don't have.
6. Meet Older Students
Second and third years are very useful people to know when, three weeks in, everybody else is running around like headless chickens, losing their heads over housing. They can tell you if the situation really is as dire as everyone is making out and whether you really have to jump in with Nancy from your flat (you don't).
(They're also good for making you panic because, "That's not how he wanted it done last year.")
Thank you, Ivy.
7. You Won't be Busy Every Night
Contrary to popular belief, there isn't always something going on at uni. Likewise, your friends are not always stuck to your hips. Alone time is a basic human need. Unfortunately, not everyone wants it at the same time. For those nights when you want to go out but your friends just want to huddle in their rooms, there are societies.
Are/Were you in any societies? What's the weirdest society that your university has?