It's likely that at some point during your time at university you've been tempted to take part in a society, but have you actually joined one? It's easy to dismiss societies - they take up too much extra time and effort that could be better used in studying and working, right? Wrong!
There are plenty of reasons why you should join a society - but here are just ten:
- Socialising – Joining a society is a great way to meet new people and expand your social group. Societies have a considerable number of members, so you're bound to hit it off with some of them. Plus, it's likely that you're meeting like-minded people who have similar interests.
- Networking – You will have the opportunity to meet and network with people who could know about certain opportunities and help you in future excursions. They may invite you to join in other activities outside the society and you will get to know even more people and maybe enhance your CV.
- Volunteer and enhance your employability prospects – As a group, you can be charitable and give back to the community that has given you so much or if you choose to be the President of a society or another role, you can log your time spent with your society as volunteering hours. These can go on your volunteering record and be used to enhance your employability prospects.
- Promote awareness – They help promote learning and awareness about that field or sport. It doesn’t even have to do with your degree, you can simply join a society because you’re interested in what they do.
- Assistance – They can further your knowledge or help you in classes; you may meet a third year or PhD student in your chosen subject.
- Exposure - They expose you to real life experiences in the fields that you are interested in, further expanding your knowledge in your chosen field or by showing you things you wouldn’t think to be interested in.
- Brotherhood – Being a member automatically gives you a feeling of closeness to other members, you share something that other people are not a part of. You could spend your 3 or 4 years at University getting to know these people and maybe even after University.
- Regular activity - Joining a society also offers the chance for regular activity. We can get very lethargic at times, especially in winter, and find leaving the house a lot of effort. As a result, we end up staying at home feeling bored. If you go to weekly society meetings you'll soon make it part of your routine. The more you do, the more energy you have.
- Enrichment: Being part of a student run organisation is an enriching experience. You owe it to yourself to at least try them out, how do you know if it’s useful or not if you’ve never tried?!
- Have fun – Your time at University doesn’t have to be all work and no play, joining a society could be your way of having fun during the day and alleviate stress.
Hopefully this has enlightened you on how useful societies can actually be and encouraged you to go hunting for a society where you belong!
If you want to join a society, check out the Societies section on our website, or contact your campus Activities Officer and Student Opportunities Coordinator.