As I sat in the student union during my lunch break graduation week antics consumed Leicester. The smartly dressed students with their proud family members filled all areas of the campus taking in this memorable moment. For some reason it made me reflect on my university experience so far and what I have learnt. The main advice I would give to any prospective student is to get involved in all the great opportunities the university offers.
I felt as if my first year flew by so quickly, focusing more on the academic aspect of university than choosing to explore the other areas that are just as important. During the 2nd semester in my 1st year is when I started to snap out of this phase, I realised I wasn’t taking advantage of this experience. I set out to try and commit to attend a few societies that interested me; I learnt this was a great way to start to talk to other students outside of my course who have the same interests. University of Leicester offer a great range of societies from a baking society to Quidditch. There will definitely be something there to get you up and out of your accommodation.
During fresher’s fair in the first semester I made the mistake of signing up to loads of things that interested me and paying the small fee to join, however I wasn’t able to commit and attend all of the meetings/events. So just a little advice would be to pick a few maybe 2 or 3 societies you could see your self really wanting to become a member of. With the other societies Facebook is the best way to know what events they are holding that may also interest you.
Have a look at the Union website to see what societies you may be thinking of joining in the up coming academic year. Keep an eye out for some new societies during fresher’s fair that may not be featured on the site. (E.g. The upcoming society for our Media department, I will let you know more about that in future posts)
Follow https://twitter.com/leicsfreshers to get the count down of fresher’s 2015.
Until then check out last years fresher’s fair here!