Now is an exciting time for prospective undergraduates around the country with A levels results having come out recently. Undoubtedly many, many envelopes are making there way through the post full of interesting and exciting documentation gearing you up ready for when you first arrive as a Fresher student! I especially remember pulling out the long list of student societies that were available to students from my pack. The range of different groups was fantastic! From academic societies to sporting societies, they were all there! I remember going through the list ruthlessly crossing ones off in an attempt to narrow down which societies I would want to join!
Students get there first proper chance to sign up to student societies they are interested during the Fresher’s Fair. This occurs in the first few days of the start of a new academic year and all the societies have stalls set up in the students union giving a chance for student to see, talk and sign up to all the various societies that are on offer. It is always really busy, exciting and sometimes perhaps even a little overwhelming! I signed up to a lot of different mailing lists and societies that day as, despite my attempts, I had still not managed to narrow down my choices that well.
After the fair I then started to sift through the groups a bit more and pick the ones I really wanted to do. Since my first Fresher’s Fair I have tried out a number of different societies some of which I stuck with since the beginning and some of which I only did for a short while. No matter how long I stayed though I always enjoyed them and don’t regret attending a single one of them. It is such a great way to meet new people as well as get to try something new. For example this year I had a go at scuba diving which was something I hadn’t even really thought about doing before!
After a while however, I decided I wanted to become even more involved in my societies. All societies are student run and each year new society committees are elected. At the end of my second year I decided that I would run for treasurer for the Leicester University Science Fiction and Fantasy Society (LUSFAF) and managed to get voted on to the committee. I was not really too familiar with what my duties would be and so at the start I was a little lost with it. However, when we handed over to the new committee at the end of this year and I was explaining everything to my successor, I realised just how much I learned!
I really did enjoy being on the committee which is a good thing too as I am now a committee member for two other societies for the coming year! Most importantly for me is that I am now social secretary for the IScience Society. My fellow committee members and I had a meeting just last week about all our plans for the coming year and I am so excited to be able to organise some great events that will hopefully really bring our IScience students together. We have all sorts of things we want to do for this year and it is looking like it will be the best year for the IScience society yet. I am very glad to be able to have a part in making the society as good as it can be and I will make sure to keep you all updated on the things we get up to in future blogs!
A list of the University of Leicester Student Societies can be found on the Students Union website. What sort of societies you would want to join? Are they something you have been doing for years or a new venture you want to try? Let me know! 🙂