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alicia perez

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why should you join a club or society?

Hi everyone! 

It’s always an exciting time when a new year starts! Whether you’re new to UEA or a returning student, this is the time to try new things and meet new people. And what better way to do it than through clubs and societies! We’ve got over 200 societies and 58 sports clubs to choose from at uea(su), so there’s something for everyone. It's easy to dismiss societies and clubs - they take up too much extra time and effort that could be better used for studying and working, right? Wrong! 

There are plenty of reasons why you should join a society or sports club - but here are just five: 

  1. Get out of your comfort zone: The start of a new academic year is the perfect time to try something new, re-discover an old hobby or develop a skill you already have. Most new members will join at the start of term, so if you’re worried about being the new person, there will be other people in the same situation! 

  2. Socialising: Joining a club or society is a great way to meet like-minded people. Many students end up finding their closest university friends through societies and clubs. They will also provide the opportunity to network with people who could help you in the future. If you’re interested in business, joining one of our business or enterprise-focused groups is a great way to refine your skills and perhaps meet your future business partners. Whatever you’re into there’s most likely a society for you. If not – why not find out how to start your own here

  3. Employability: If you take on a committee role, you can log your time spent with your society as volunteering hours. These can go on your volunteering record and can be used to enhance your employability prospects. If your society or club does great work, you might also scoop a STAR award at the end of the year. Also by joining an academic society, it proves to employers that you’re dedicated to your industry. 

  4. Regular activity: Joining a society or club also offers the chance for regular activity. If you go to weekly society meetings or sports training, you'll soon make it part of your routine. It has been scientifically proven that physical activity helps maintain positive mental health. 

  5. Have fun: Your time at University doesn’t have to be all work and no play. Joining a society is a great way to have fun and alleviate the stress of work; especially with all the fun socials they hold. 

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