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Running or being a member of a society can be a deeply rewarding experience. Here are just a few things that some of our society committee members have to say...
Ashley Lydiate (Chair of Outdoor Society)
“I would recommend getting involved with as many societies as you have time for. They are really what bring your years at uni alive. Find what you love doing and go and spend some time with people that enjoy that interest too. You'll meet some truly fantastic people along the way. Being part of the Outdoor Society committee for two years has really given me a huge sense of achievement. I've gained very valuable leadership skills and learned what it takes to organise and accomplish some really exciting and rewarding activities. It's really allowed me to make the most of what I love doing and help other people enjoy the same things too. Find time for what you love doing. Spending time enjoying activities outside of study time will really help enrich your time at university in ways you wouldn't realise until you get involved!”
Raeesa Dar (Secretary of Drama Society)
“Being on the committee of the Drama Society was a really easy and fun way to make friends, which made me feel more at ease when I first came to university! My favourite memory from being on the committee and winning Society of the Year two years in a row. I would definitely recommend societies to current students - they are not only a great way to make friends, but are a great way to get involved in social events, and represent the university in loads of different ways! Being on the committee has allowed me to become more confident, and helped me to learn skills which I hope to use in my future teaching career, such as managing groups and interacting with a range of people.”
Sean Ryan (Chair of Model United Nations Society)
“What I liked the most was the opportunity to challenge myself. I was able take a position in leadership, which has always intimidated me. All of a sudden I found myself in a situation with lots of responsibility, and I had to find the courage and confidence within myself to sustain and develop the society. Societies are ingenious as they give students a chance to try out different things and explore their hearts. Self-discovery is one of the key facets of university experience. And not to forget, societies are a great way to meet new people and find those who share the same passions and interests as you. I wouldn't change the experience for the world.”