馃帀 Finding a Society at Freshers Fair 馃帀

Societies are a great way to make friends and spend time doing something you love. Yet, there are so many to pick from that Freshers Fair can become a little overwhelming.

Firstly, work out what you already enjoy. Some people know immediately that they want to join a football team or performing arts club, but not everyone has that instant passion that they always refer to. Think about what you鈥檝e done in the past and whether it鈥檇 be something you鈥檇 want to pursue further. We all have that one thing we enjoyed but never taken seriously or as far as we鈥檇 want to, but university is a great time to explore those routes.

 
 

One you鈥檝e worked out an area that you鈥檇 be interested, don鈥檛 just dart straight away to these clubs. Freshers Fair is a wonderful time to see the full spectrum that the university has to offer, including many societies you probably didn鈥檛 know existed. For instance, all of these are legitimate societies:

路         Real Ale & Cider

路         Vegetarian and Vegan

路         A Cappella

路         Anime

路         Harry Potter

路         K-Pop

路         Knit Fast, Die Warm

路         Nerf

It鈥檚 worth checking out what each booth has to offer (as many of them will also have free sweets and/or cakes).

Remember, joining a society doesn鈥檛 mean that you鈥檙e locked in. Many will have taster days or Freshers events where you can try them out for free. Even if you do join a club and find a little further down the line that it鈥檚 not for you, you can simply quit at any point.

It鈥檚 always important to get a feel for the people, too. It鈥檚 all well and good being passionate about an activity, but if you don鈥檛 gel with the people, then it can really make or break your experience.

 
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As well as this, ask about the schedule of events. Sports teams will have a more frequent, heavy schedule in terms of both practice and socials. Many sports teams will have two or three socials at the start, and then at least one every week from then on. The more serious the nature of the club is will determine the frequency and duration of practice. Some may only have games on the weekends, but others will have two practice sessions alongside that during the week. For these, you may also need to factor in the time and cost of getting to and from the sessions, too.

In terms of cost, always ask about the fees. Many clubs will simply have a joining fee of 拢5-拢10 which they put towards the cost of their social. However, others can be upwards of 拢100 as they need to purchase equipment or put a high amount into travel. For these clubs, the risk is obviously quite high so you need to be sure you鈥檙e going to enjoy them before signing up.

 
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My last piece of advice is to give your email out to everyone you have a mild interest in. At the start, the emails can be pesky, but they soon drop off after the fresher鈥檚 events have stopped. The benefit here is that you can find out about all of the taster sessions and upcoming events as and when they happen. It also saves you from having awkward conversations with the people at the stalls for societies you only have a slight interest in. You鈥檒l quickly learn that everyone at the fresher鈥檚 fair just wants to get your email, and as soon as you give it to them, you can be on your way.

Essentially, it's a case of experiment, explore, and enjoy. The three E鈥檚 to live by when it comes to Freshers Fair. Don鈥檛 be scared of talking to the people at the stalls as they鈥檒l be more than happy to tell you everything you need. Oh, and email! That鈥檚 the fourth E.