Joining the football team was the single best decision I’ve made at QMUL (other than to study here in the first instance).
At the Fresher’s Fair, like most people, I was overwhelmed with endless opportunities. There are literally societies for anything you can think of – including the Harry Potter society. However, I was only interested in one club – Queen Mary Men’s Football Club. Although I did join the Geography Society and a few others (mainly for the freebies)! Following a harrowing 3 days’ worth of trials and competing against 300 + other hopefuls, I made it through and found myself in the QMFC first team (a side I would later go on to captain during second year). We do also have a range other additional teams totalling 4 competitive teams and 10 “friendly leagues sides”.
This society has given a lot to me. The opportunity to make friends that you socialise with regularly (every Wednesday after games), go on tour with (Portugal & Czech Republic), and become part of something that has no price, a prestigious club with incredible history. We found ourselves jetting off to Rome in the November reading week to play in the World International University Championships. With India, Lebanon and France drawn against us we topped the group. Eventually succumbing to the eventual champions, Slovakia – in the quarter finals. You’ll also be competing in the national and London leagues and cups. This is a great way to get to know the London and South of England area (especially for me not being from around here).
Now, I appreciate football or even sport is not for everyone. BUT I will say that societies and clubs offer opportunities and experiences that you do not get by just studying. These opportunities you will have to go out and seek (mainly freshers fair or the SU societies page). My advice: Be proactive and be enthusiastic. You will find many likeminded people with just as similar and obscure interests as yourself!
I don’t want to come across like I’m lecturing you but your single biggest regret may be about not getting as involved as you would’ve liked.
Hopefully you get as much joy as I have from joining a club or society!