Societies are an integral part of university life, so it’s really important to make the most of them.
You can do this by going to the Freshers’ Fair and check out what your university has to offer and sign up to as much as you can. These are a great way to get involved and meet people with similar interests. At NCH we have everything between the football team to table-top games- so you’ll definitely find your niche! Attending these societies could give your CV a great boost and separate you from the crowd when applying for internships or open days, as they’ll give you something to talk about. It’s also a great way to expand your intellectual horizons.
If you don’t fancy anything that NCH has to offer you can join Student Central – the largest student centre in Europe! This means that you’d be able to join societies hosted by King’s, LSE and UCL among others. This is particularly useful when it comes to sports, like athletics, lacrosse, volleyball, judo, and swimming, as NCH is small by design. This would also be a fantastic opportunity to meet people from other London universities.
If there isn’t anything you fancy, set up a new one! At NCH, all you would need to do is know what society you want to set up, create a mission statement, email the societies officer, book a room and grab your friends. It really is that easy! For example, Emma and I set up the de facto Politics Society called Prosecco and Parliament- it has a casual, warm and welcoming atmosphere, which is atypical of most political associations or societies. You can significantly boost attendance by collaborating with other societies to host a bar night or speakers and share pictures of your events on a society Facebook page.