Navigating Clubs and Societies
10 years after you graduate, what is the one thing you will definitely remember from your life at university? The answer is almost always never your degree. Yes, university is a place for studying and in-depth learning; it is also a place for one to interact with people from different backgrounds! I think it is of utmost importance for one to check out clubs and societies in university.
Clubs and Societies are an integral part of university life. They serve as a platform for people of different ages, degrees, countries, etc. to gather over a common interest. They are your “extra-curricular activities” equivalent in high school and are typically divided into the various clusters: Sports, Performing Arts/ Arts, Culture and Countries, Networking, and more. More often than not, these clubs and societies are managed by the University Union, rather than the university itself.
If you’re an eager beaver, you can always search the web (webpage, facebook, etc.) for the contact details of the club president. Typically, every university will hold a freshers’ fair during freshman orientation week, so be sure to check out what all of them have to offer!
PRO TIP 1: GO to the freshers’ fair and you will be handsomely rewarded with a tonne of freebies, recyclable bags for grocery shopping, free stationery supplies, pizza discounts, and so much more!
If you’re studying at UCL, it is extremely useful to search the UCL Union page and head over to the Clubs and Societies A-Z directory! It is also on this page that you can purchase club membership, renewable annually. In this way, you get to join as many clubs as your student loan allows!
PRO TIP 2: UCLU holds Try Fortnight at the start of term 1 – you get two weeks to try out the various clubs and societies for FREE. So, what are you waiting for?
Swimming is such a huge part of my life at UCL. Not only does it keep me fit, but allows me to make friends from several different backgrounds. Being an international student is not exactly easy but being part of a club that transcends boundaries definitely helps me to integrate faster.
Currently, I serve on the committee as a Social secretary. I try my best to remember everyone’s names and I think I am keeping up. Drinking (non-obligatory) is very common in university, but I will leave that for another post.
We do amazing stuff as well, take a look at my friend, Gabi, who will be doing her part for charity by swimming across the English Channel!
We will be swimming the channel this September in order to raise money for Aspire, who work closely with those suffering with severe spinal cord injuries. We would really appreciate if you could take a look at our justgiving page.
Any help would be welcomed for this important cause. – Gabi Hakim, UCL’19
Do click on this link
if you would like to sponsor this cause!
I have many stories for swimming and everyone has their own so I strongly encourage you to go write yours. They are and continue to be the best part of my life at UCL so I hope you will find yours too!
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