In my first blog, I mentioned that I was the President of the Media and Communications Society. I haven’t really talked about it much so I thought I’d tell you about the society in the blog, in case you’re wondering what university societies are actually about.
Universities are generally split into two sections for students. Firstly is the academic side, in which you attend lectures, seminars, tutorials, go into the library, study and so on. The other section comes down to the Students’ Union. They provide the ‘social’ side of the student lifestyle. They organise events such as nights out in the O2 Academy and Union Parliament sessions. Student societies and sports clubs are also under this branch, in which there are over 200 of them.
But the one we’re most interested in is the Media and Communications society, aka SMAC!
So far, we have held three events within the past three months. We are not a society that holds regular events every week because we know how tiring and exhausting that can be. But when we do hold one, then it will be amazing.
The best event so far has to be the trip into the BBC Television Centre in London. We had an incredible turnout, only 50 people could go but we had 65 responses saying they were interested. We saw the BBC newsroom, the Strictly Come Dancing and MoTD studio, saw how meteorologists presented the weather and took part in an interactive The Weakest Link game show. The trip was only £15 since we were able to subside it thanks to the Students’ Union, yet it felt it should have been double the price.
Next year, we are planning cinema trips, media industry professionals to come in and tell us tips and tricks into working in media and a visit to the Harry Potter studios. If you are interested in society, then check us out on Facebook
I hope this blog entry showed you not everything is about academics in university. There is also the fun side, so make sure you work hard and play hard.