Being part of a society has had a hugely positive impact on me over the last few years, and it has become such an important part of my university experience. In the middle of a tiring weekly schedule, Spotlight‘s Thursday evening meetups have become a time for me to relax and let my hair down for a little while.
I definitely treasure this when other parts of my life have become stressful – especially when deadlines are approaching! The same could be found for you in one of the university‘s wide range of student societies!
They also vary in size and frequency of meetups, so you can easily find the one(s) that suit you the most! Take a look at our list of societies. If you think there is room for a society that isn’t listed, you could consider setting up your own and discussing it with our VP Student Activities.
One of the best parts of many of our student societies is that you don’t have to be an expert at the activity or topic that the society is about. Take me for example, a geography student with zero theatrical experience joining an acting society?
Societies can not only fuel and guide your passions (both new and already existing) – they’re a great place to meet interesting people from a variety of backgrounds. And make some long lasting friendships! The socials that most societies hold for their members are a great opportunity to have fun with everyone. I know I did!
Lastly, your time as a society member can be a nice little addition to your CV. Especially if you have represented your society nationally, or become a committee member and have a role in running the society. It shows commitment, teamwork skills and also lots of passion – vital for most job opportunities!
You might even be able to say the you received an award for your time on the society! (I got a gold and emerald spoon from Spotlight… and of course my leadership award!)
There does however come a slight warning when joining one of our wonderful societies: you might get really attached to your society and it’s members and be sad to say goodbye!