If your university gives you an opportunity to join a club or a society and you are not taking it – then what are you doing? Many universities provide student with a chance to join many societies related to course, networking, sports and many more. Some are faculty led, however most are created and led by students themselves – for the target audience provided by the target audience itself!

Societies can help you to keep up with your course workload, engage in relevant networking for your dream job, or learn a new skill, but most importantly it can become a space where you can express yourself and find a circle of like-minded people that might end up becoming your closest friends (not to forget about the parties they host). In my experience – it is good to hold a few membership (depending on their priciness, of course), as you might benefit from each one in a different way but remember not to put too much on your plate.

Today I will share what I know about different type of societies and what you could gain from each one of them.

1. Course Related Societies

Course related societies have most probably gathered the knowledge about all tutorials, group work assignment and lecturers that will help you to smoothly sail through the course. Do NOT pick more than four people for that Finance 101 groupwork, and yeah, tell Dr Johnson you love Edvard Munch so she will remember you as a student. In course related societies you will be reminded of important deadlines, might get recommendations for essay topics and will learn from the top students!

2. Networking Societies

Do you want to be remembered among thousands of applicants for a top tier company or need to make connections for your future start up? Then Networking societies can be just a thing for you. Many networking societies organise events with inspiring guest speaker or representatives from various firms with big names. This is your chance to gather real life knowledge about corporate world.

3. Culture Societies

If you are an international student and missing home, someone going for an exchange study or just want to learn more about another country – head to the international societies section. When at university, I felt homesick for Sweden – good thing Scandinavian Society was there for me with Lucia celebrations and homemade köttbullar.

4. Sport Societies

My personal favourite was saved for last. You will probably spend a lot of hours sitting at the library so it is important to find a way to keep your body active! Many universities invest good funds into their sport facilities, and if you choose a competitive sport – no bonds are stronger than the bond created with your team!

But what happens if the society you want to join simply does not exist.. THEN START IT! During my last year at university I, along with a bunch of talented people, decided to start our own street dance society and let me tell you – one of the best decisions I have made in my entire life.

Now go and look at the societies your university offers and live your best life!

Written by Nina Lvovskaya

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