Let’s face it, although university is an amazing experience, it can be daunting at first. There’s so much information flying your way, so many new people and so many things to do! Sometimes you’ll feel so swept up in fliers, handouts and advertisements…But one thing people will definitely be stressing to you is to join societies. That may just be the last thing on your mind at the moment! However you’re sure to benefit from societies whichever you join and whatever hobby may take your fancy.
Why join a society?
Societies are a great way to make the most of what your uni has to offer you in terms of what you enjoy. Most universities really understand how hobbies and outside interests really benefit the development of students; giving them something extra to involve in- which also looks great on their CV. It’s also a really practical way of distracting yourself from any anxiety you may be feeling whilst at uni.
Arguably, the biggest reason to join a society is that it will help you to settle in better, by sharing your passion and interests with others who feel the same. Natasha Scrupps, part of the DMU Music society feels that “societies build confidence because you get to meet like-minded people in a fun environment”. You’ll get the chance to mix with all different kinds of people, whilst already knowing you share an interest with them!
A lot of people don’t take the time to join societies in their first year and often regret it during their second. This is usually because of one of these main few excuses; such as “too busy” or “I don’t have time” or maybe just “too nervous”. Jess Tilling, Previous Online Features Editor for Demon Media said, “I really wanted to join a society but I didn’t feel I had the time to manage it with uni work and still have the experience I wanted so it took me a long time to get involved… But look at me now! I just wish I didn’t waste so much time in the beginning.”
The main aim of societies is to involve people in doing what they love in order for them to gain confidence, so don’t knock it till you’ve tried it! Moreover, although societies are brilliant to show that you have interests outside of your subject; your grades always come first, which means society meetings are not compulsory! So no need to worry about time-management issues! More than anything, it will help you develop your time-management skills so that you can balance everything from lectures to leisure activities!
Personally, joining a society was something that I did by myself in order to fight my nerves. It was much easier than I thought and once I had been to the first meeting I realized everyone’s in the same position! Being a part of a group really makes you feel at home whilst living the uni lifestyle, not to mention the fun you have and the friends you make! Getting yourself involved really builds on your personality and makes you much more confident and approachable. To me, the best benefit you get from joining a society is doing what you love and sharing that passion with others.
So why not bite the bullet and give it a go. Join a society and reap the benefits today! There is something for everyone
Follow the link to find all of the societies on offer at DMU- not any you like, why don’t you get in touch and create your own society.