So as everyone will tell you joining a club or society at uni is an absolute MUST, it widens your social circle, gets you out of the house and if you join a sports club – keeps you fit. I think it’s SO important to widen your social circle outside of your flatmates, as a fresher it can seem so tempting to stick with your flatmates. I made this mistake, and near enough by 2nd term I realised my flatmates may not be the BFFL’s I’d idolised and hoped for, as a result I realised how much I’d neglected so many potential friendships by sticking within my flatmate comfort zone. So this is part of the reason why I think it’s so important that you join a society!
First year I anxiously explored the freshers fare on my own, as my flatmates had flat out decided they wouldn’t be joining anything. I was extremely apprehensive about joining a society by myself, worried that people would potentially judge me for being on my own. Feeling nervous I peered around, staying away from sports I’d never played before assuming they wouldn’t want me (BIG MISTAKE).
I ended up signing up for netball as I’d played it a few times during secondary school and thought I’d have a better shot with something I was at least a little familiar with (I was wrong). I turned up to trials shocked at how many people were there (netball I believe is the biggest female society at Leicester) and after speaking to a few of the girls started to feel a little out of my depth, a lot of the girls had played netball at a county level or were at least part of their school team during 6th form – I however had only dabbled briefly in netball during year 9 P.E lessons. I ended up making it to the development team (essentially the 6th team) which I was fairly chuffed with considering my limited experience, however I soon realised I didn’t love netball as much as I thought I would and ended up turning up to less and less trainings.
So 2nd year I was determined to find a society/club I could really get into, I made a pact to myself I’d talk to as many clubs as possible even if I’d never played them. I ended up signing up for Women’s hockey, Women’s Lacrosse, Badminton, pole fitness and Volleyball, I told lacrosse and hockey I’d never even picked up a stick before and they were totally fine with it explaining most of their club hadn’t played before uni. Obviously I knew it wasn’t going to be possible to join every single sport so I decided I’d go to every taster session and decide from there. Everyone at all of the clubs were so welcoming, but I ended up going with women’s lacrosse just because I felt like I caught the swing of lacrosse a little bit more than the rest and 95% of the freshers hadn’t played before either.
Training at first seemed a little scary with compulsory sessions Tuesday evening, Friday morning, Saturday morning and BUCS matches on Wednesday’s, however the trainings don’t even feel tedious because I genuinely love the game. I played my first match against DMU on Wednesday, went on a White T-shirt social last Wednesday and a cops and robbers social this week, and had so much fun on them all! Definitely so glad I joined.
Anyhow this was basically my last shout in trying to convince anyone who hasn’t joined a society or club that it isn’t too late and you should 100% join something!