One of the best things about university are all the clubs and societies. Why not think about joining one of the many societies on offer? There are groups for people interested in academic stuff, political stuff, social stuff, cultural stuff and sporting stuff. There are groups where you can broaden your understanding of complex human rights issues, there are clubs designed simply to have a laugh and there are clubs to share your emerging interest, passion and expertise with others. Something for everybody!
It gives you a break from the academic side of things, a chance to develop a new hobby or get better at an existing one whilst meeting all sorts of new people from different academic subjects.
Societies are a fun way to meet new people and make friends who are studying different subjects than you at university. We have a geography society which most geography students join but others from other courses join the GeogSoc too. Likewise you don’t have to be a historian to join the history society. The Disco society advise that good vibes are required but dance expertise not! Societies are a great way of making new friends with the same interests. With over 120 societies on offer there is a real variety, Head to the QMSU website to explore your options: https://www.qmsu.org/societies .
Most societies have a small fee to join and you usually pay at the start of the year to get the maximum value from your membership as you can then use the society right through the year from September through to June. I know that money is tight when you are a student but these membership fees are generally pretty cheap (usually only a few quid). The money you pay goes towards funding events and equipment for the society.
Membership fees for societies can be paid on the QM Student Union (QMSU) website using the following link: https://www.qmsu.org/societies/. To join a society, on the QMSU, log onto the page with your ‘Username’ and ‘Password’ and choose societies which would add them to the basket and from there you would pay. Once you are a member you get notifications from the society about events through email/social networking sites, which all societies have (Facebook page, Twitter and some Instagram). Each society has a way of communicating, so that you can contact them easily if you have any problems or need more info. Of course you will also be able to get information about each society – and meet some of their members – at the fresher’s fair, which will be on the Mile End Campus during Fresher’s week.
If you have an interest which is not covered by an existing society why not set up a new one? The students union can advise how to go about it and would provide resources to get it set up if there was sufficient interest.
All of us in the Springboards team have enjoyed being part of clubs and societies. Go for it – you will make new friends and have a great time !
The Springboards team