Sometimes, when you’re focusing on deadlines and essays, it’s easy to forget that there’s so much more to university than lectures, seminars and assignments. Here at the University of Huddersfield, we have plenty of different extra-curricular sports, academic groups and social clubs to keep everyone entertained; but joining in with student-led societies is definitely one of the best things you can do at uni for many more reasons…
1. Meeting new people, and making new friendships
Joining a new society/sports club also means that you’re joining a whole bunch of other members. It’s a fantastic way of getting to know people that you wouldn’t perhaps mix with on your course- especially if you’re an international student or living away from home. When I moved to Uni, I didn’t know a single person who lived in the North of England! I joined the hockey society because I wanted to get to make some more friends, and now I consider the whole team as a huge part of my Northern family.
2. Killing a bit of time
Another great reason to get involved if you’re living away from home is to fill up those free evenings and get yourself out of the house or halls. It’s not all about drinking either: with matches, training/rehearsals, socials and many more events, there’s always an opportunity to make the most of your time at Uni.
3. Relaxing and de-stressing
There’s no denying that University can be a stressful time with assignment deadlines, thinking about your next move after graduation, and dealing with living independently. It’s so easy to focus on all the new challenges, and forget to have a bit of fun! Exercise is a proven stress reliever and having a laugh with some new friends is another way to release some endorphins.
4. It looks great on a CV
As a member of a society you are also developing your confidence by representing the Uni, your ability to work in a team and enhancing those all-important interpersonal communication skills. Employers love a CV that show’s you’ve taken more value out of your experience at Uni than just degree. If you really want your CV to standout then put yourself forward to be on a society committee and embrace the challenge of a bit more leadership (and lot’s more fun).
5. Try something old or something new
Don’t be afraid to try something completely different. You certainly don’t have to be an expert to have a go, but you may find that you’re a pro at fencing, a strictly-glitterball- worthy salsa dancer, or just really enjoy yourself. There’s plenty of opportunities to fall back in love with something that you haven’t tried in a while too. You might have hated hockey in high school, and much prefer it in at Uni. Don’t knock any activity, until you’ve tried it!
What societies are out there?
Find out more on the SU website: https://www.huddersfield.su/get-involved
Whether you’re in first or final year, its never too late to get involved.
By Georgia Helme