I’ve finally settled in to my new student house this last week of september, which means freshers fair is only days away! For a first year, this requires minimal effort or obligation, merely a casual stroll through the student union, signing up for any societies that take your fancy. As a third year who’s a part of Leicester student radio’s executive committee, I must represent our society enthusiastically whilst helping sign up new members. I may also have to MC in Queen’s hall, giving announcements to freshers about the fantastic Lush Radio- so there’s plenty of opportunity to embarrass myself for all to see. Despite this, I look forward to the challenge along with the prospect of meeting some new faces, as well as seeing some familiar ones.
When I think of freshers fair I immediately think of my first experience on campus two years ago, wandering around the percy gee building with brand new friends, signing up for everything and anything from curry society to viking society. With such a variety of extra-curricular outlets, it felt like the possibilities were endless, in a way… After a few weeks I soon realised that getting involved in everything i’d put my name down for was extremely optimistic. I also became very lazy and consequentially failed to really ingratiate myself with any societies.
Now i’ve reached my third year, I’ve rectified my student union related laziness and am involved in Lush radio as well as Film society – two fantastic groups that I’d encourage anyone with a remote interest in film or radio to join. Involvement in groups such as these is not only a great way to spend your abundant free time as a student but also looks brilliant on your cv. My advice to any freshers would be to go to freshers fair with an open mind and sign up for anything you’re remotely interested in. If you find quidditch society isn’t what you though it would be after having attended the taster session then its not the end of the world. But if you find something that you’re passionate about and enjoy being a part of then try to contribute to it in any way you can and it will pay off big-time when you finish your degree.