One of the things that make a great difference from college to university is the wide range of societies that you can join. Especially during Freshers, student life is filled with advertisments of societies and it’s almost as if you’re being pushed into joining.
You should. There’s so many societies there’s always something for everyone. And if your interests are too particular, you can always start your own. But be careful, what society you’re in, will be part of your identity as much as you will be part of the society’s and the group stereotype will affect your social life.
We’ve all heard at least the usual: “Rugby girls drink like crazy” and they do (at least the ones I know). Or we’ve seen someone roll their eyes when you tell them you’re in the Politics Society and don’t even do socials.
So what does your uni society say about you?
First of all there’s sports teams, performance societies and debate ones. And then there’s religious, international and other general interest societies based on food, music and so on.
If you’re part of a sports team, chances are you’re seen as a bit tough, a heavy drinker, fit, and those of the opposite sex are very curious of you, especially if you’re a girl. I have been asked countless times by members of my society (which is not a sports one) to have a joint social with the Netball girls for example. Hmmm…
However, I wish I was more into sports and could join a team. They seem like they have so much fun and more than just a sports team. At university your team is like a bit of a cult! Your teammates are your best friends and you are seen out a lot!
Dance, drama and so on, they are seen as the creative ones. The ones that are a little bit insane and throw some really extravagant and crazy moves on nights out. They seem to have the best or worst (depends how you see it) of both worlds, a bit of sport and a bit of art. Chances are you’re one very social and quirky creature, making friends everywhere you go and then weirding them out somehow. You never fail to shock.
If you’ve joined a society based on one or many cultures, you are probably either seeking comfort and similarity because you’re away from your own country, or are an open minded person, who is genuinely friendly and chilled without overdoing it. You just like to learn about other places, religions, foods and so on. And then there’s always the possibility that you joined because of the nice and friendly looking people that told you to do so. Either way, societies that have a diverse membership, tend to be friendly and relaxed. No teams, cults or heavy drinking.
You know what else lacks team spirit and heavy drinking? Debate societies, some general interest ones based on movies and that, or ones based on subjects, such as politics, psychology, creative writing and so on. The ones where you go and sit down the pub and discuss the latest events, or read your latest poem. These ones tend to either attract those students that are really into what they do (then again I love creative writing endlessly, but I have enough of it through lectures and coursework), or the ones who aren’t very social but still want to socialise and talk about what they like. Simple. You’re likely an introvert, often seen as a bit nerdy (and lets face it, that’s probably true), and you do not interact with anyone just for the sake of socialising. You choose who you sit and talk to, based on common interests and how much they don’t scare you away with their loud, party-animal personalities.
And then, of course, there’s quirky societies that most have never heard of. Chances are people don’t even know you’re in a society and if they find out, you are a pro at giving explanations of what you do. You must also be very tired of saying that Salsa, is a Cuban dance, not the sauce (I’ve had enough of that joke).