One of the reasons I think University is such a life-changing experience is that it provides a wonderful opportunity to get involved in whatever activities you like, and actually gives you the time to properly invest in it. From surfing to swimming, baking to bonsai, you can start doing almost anything that strikes your fancy. The best bit is that University is so huge, you’re inevitably going to find a group of like-minded people who love the activity as much as you do, no matter how niche.
Just to illustrate this, I thought I’d give you the low-down on my own shenanigans – for instance, last year I had the pleasure of running the Leicester branch of Friends of MSF, a student support organisation for the international aid charity Medecins Sans Frontiers. If you’ve been keeping up with the current Ebola epidemic in West Africa, you might have read about this group which operates on the front-lines of international health, providing essential health services for those who would otherwise go without. Gawd, what’s not to love?
At Friends of MSF (our website is accessible here) we run everything from fundraising events, such as our mega “Annual International Charity Dinner”, which last year raised over £700, to education evenings and film nights. It really is great fun, and it’s all for an amazing cause – however, the best bit has got to be our passionate committee, with whom it’s been a real pleasure working with for the past year and through which I’ve made a great many close friends.
It’s for this reason I urge any readers on the way to University (or even there already!) to join anything you feel like you might enjoy, or take up a cause you think is worthwhile. Not only will you be doing something positive for others, but you’re almost guaranteed to have a great time meeting new people and really flesh out your University experience.
If you have any questions about the societies available at Leicester, or just more details on what it’s like to be in one, please don’t hesitate to comment!
In other news, I’m currently in Yosemite national park in western USA, trying my best to avoid sunburn and being savaged by black bears. It’s at times like this I wish I joined the Wilderness Survival Club…
Links to check out