Here’s the lowdown on the classic uni societies you should join

February 28, 2017
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My favourite way to bask in denial about the fresh hell of a new semester is Orientation. As a fresher, you’re thrown into the deep end of #unilyf and introduced to everything that campus culture has to offer.

Even if you’re far from your first year (“stale bread” as I am affectionately referred), to joining new clubs and committees can still be a little scary. But clubs are the BEST way to make new friends and provide a 10/10 excuse for ditching lectures (which you’re going to do anyway tbh). The variety of clubs may seem overwhelming though – so hold on because I’m going to Mr Miyagi the shit out of this.

Faculty/Major specific

Joining your faculty’s club or society is the bread and butter of first year (and all other years for that matter). You are literally all studying the same thing – what more do you need in common? Socially and academically this is going to pay dividends. You get unit advice, make study groups and adopt exam notes. A lot of these groups also run great career development events if you’re thinking that far ahead.

Socially, there is ample opportunity to meet kids from your faculty too. Be warned though, if you’re not comfortable in big groups or having to raise your voice to be heard, this may not be the atmosphere you’re after.

Sportz

Sports and fitness are fun if you’re into that sort of thing. Join a sports team at uni and you gain a team of best friends instantly. You don’t have to be Olympic level either! Just pick something you’re going to commit to and follow through – no one likes a fresher who doesn’t turn up to practice.

As well as honing your passing skills in Ultimate Frisbee, you’re also going to be learning how much gunch (noun: a combination of boxed wine and miscellaneous juice) your liver can handle with these teams. If you don’t know how to play slap cup, kings cup etc. you’re going to be in for a treat too.

My advice: don’t make yourself a target in drinking games by bragging about how much you drank at Leavers/Schoolies. No one cares. You’ll just end up passed out in the guest bathroom.

Volunteering

YES. DO THIS. There are so many great organisations that need volunteers that you can access through uni. Volunteering lets you make friends, help the world and build your resume. Some universities even recognise your hours and add them to your transcript.

My only warning would be to make sure you feel comfortable with your level of involvement. In a group situation, you may feel inclined to be a ‘yes man’ but remember you can always say no! Push yourself outside your comfort zone, but not so far that you feel you’re losing touch with your other commitments. Study should always come first.

Interest/Hobby based

Whether it be the French Club or Film Club, if you have a hobby there is bound to be a group for it. These groups are usually quite small but once you introduce yourself and get involved you’ll never look back. The best hobby clubs to join are those that come together to produce something. By that I mean the theatre club that does a play, or a writing group that publishes a magazine. Working towards something is super fulfilling and you’ve got something to look back on at uni that isn’t just unit marks.

If nothing tickles your fancy though, you’re welcome to my society, the Emotionally-Unstable Dog-Loving Gym-Avoiding Club on Tuesdays at 5pm. There’ll be free brie.

Danica Lamb

Danica is a Laws Masters kid at UWA. She enjoys cheap coffee and 80s pop music.

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