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Why you should join a society

Joining a society can have many benefits - masters student Blessing Uwaje shares the biggest advantages to consider.

By Blessing Uwaje - 23 October 2023

When you're a university student, life can sometimes feel like a whirlwind of classes, assignments, and exams. The journey through higher education is undoubtedly demanding. You find yourself navigating a complex terrain of lectures, reading assignments, and exams. The pressure to excel academically can be intense, and it's easy to get caught up in the academic side of university life.

But did you know that there's a fantastic way to make your university experience more enriching, exciting, and memorable? It's by joining a society! University isn't just about hitting the books; it's a unique phase in your life where personal growth, exploration, and self-discovery are just as important. One of the most effective and enjoyable ways to achieve this is by becoming a part of a university society.

At the University of Derby, there are plenty of reasons why you should consider becoming a part of one. Here's why:

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1. Make lifelong friends

You'll encounter a wide variety of people at university, each with their own interests and history. Students from many backgrounds and aspirations come together on campus to form a community akin to a little world. Joining a society is similar to figuring out where you fit in this vast community. It links you with like-minded individuals, whether those interests be in sports, the arts, or unusual pastimes. Like when you make friends with others who share your interests, the friendships you form in these groups are typically strong and enduring. Picture yourself surrounded by others who share your passion for a certain pastime or cause: these same interests generate connections outside of the classroom. 

These friendships can help you develop personally in addition to being social. Together with your club buddies, you will grow and learn from one other as you navigate the highs and lows of university life. Becoming a member of a society may lead to lifelong connections and personal development.

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2. Explore your interests

There is rarely enough time at uni to devote entirely to hobbies because your schedule is so packed with lectures, assignments, and assessments. But being a member of a society gives you access to a world where your passions are paramount. You can explore your interest more thoroughly, pick up new talents, and get unique experiences that you can't obtain anyplace else. Imagine being able to engage in your favourite activities—be they creative arts, athletics, or playing an instrument—while interacting with people who are passionate about the same things you are. 

Societies provide you a place to explore new hobbies, unearth untapped abilities, and widen your horizons. It's not only about improving your abilities; it's also about the delight that comes from sharing your interest with like-minded people. These experiences offer a comprehensive education that goes beyond textbooks and lectures, enriching your time at university, while also shaping the person you become.

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3. Boost your confidence

Being part of a university society can really boost your confidence in a bunch of different ways. You see, when you join one of these groups, you might find yourself in a leadership position, like being in charge of organising an event or managing a project. These responsibilities can help you become more self-assured because you'll learn how to make decisions, lead a team, and solve problems, which are all valuable skills. What's more, if you ever have to speak or perform in front of others, being in a society can help you gain confidence in that area too. 

Imagine having to give a presentation or perform on stage. It can be scary, right? But being part of a society provides a safe and supportive space to practice and overcome those fears or insecurities you might have. You'll have a group of like-minded friends who understand and encourage you, making it easier to grow and feel more confident in yourself.

Student having a go at archery in busy sports hall

4. Low-cost activity time

Joining a society isn't just about spending your free time; it's about making the most of it in a structured and budget-friendly way. Consider this: compared to one-off activities that can burn a hole in your pocket, being part of a society offers a cost-effective and fulfilling hobby. When you join a society, you're not just filling your spare hours; you're investing in yourself. 

You'll gain valuable skills, create lasting memories, and have intriguing stories to share when you go home. It's a way to make your university experience more meaningful and well-rounded, beyond the confines of your coursework. So, while you're enjoying your university journey, you're also making smart choices for your future, both personally and financially.

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5. Enhance your employability

Joining a society isn't just about being a passive member; it's an invitation to actively shape your university experience. One way to achieve this is by taking on a leadership role within the society, such as becoming a committee member. This involvement not only enhances your C.V., but also offers unique opportunities to develop leadership skills that can be invaluable in your future career. When you assume a committee position – like society president or secretary – you're responsible for planning events, managing budgets, and coordinating activities. These roles require effective teamwork, strategic thinking, and problem-solving abilities. As you navigate the challenges and successes of leading a society, you'll acquire leadership experience that sets you apart in the eyes of potential employers. 

Employers appreciate candidates who demonstrate initiative, responsibility, and the ability to work collaboratively. Serving on a society committee showcases your commitment to making a positive impact and contributing to a community beyond your academic studies. It's a powerful testament to your leadership potential and your capacity to excel in a professional setting.

In conclusion, joining a society at the University of Derby is more than just a pastime; it's an investment in your personal and professional growth. It's an opportunity to make lifelong friends, explore your passions, boost your confidence, engage in low-cost activity time, and enhance your C.V. 

So, don't hesitate to get involved in the vibrant and diverse society scene at your university – it may just be the key to unlocking a truly enriching university experience!

Find out more about joining a society at the Union of Students

About the author

Masters student Blessing Uwaje

Blessing Uwaje
Big Data Analytics Msc student

I am Blessing Uwaje, a Master's student in Big Data Analytics. Beyond academia, I am a passionate traveller, fitness enthusiast and culinary explorer and avid writer and reader. I also engage in extracurricular activities like content creator and social media marketing.