Starting university can be both a daunting and exciting time for students. You may be worried about living away from home for the first time, navigating a new city or making friends. Societies are a great way to meet likeminded students, try something new and fill your calendar with events to look forward to. Read this blog written by Katie Nelson, BA Business Management student to find out more.
Joining a society
During my first year, I joined the Business Society so that I could meet other students on different business courses, and of course for the social events!
Like many students, my second year at university (and most of my first year) was very different from what I had expected due to the pandemic. Despite this, I still tried to make the most of my time at university and was elected to be on the Business Society committee. As Secretary of the Business Society (20/21) one of my main responsibilities over the year was to take minutes during meetings and to share them with other committee members to ensure that everyone was aware of the society’s future plans and communicate these to society members. I highly recommend joining a committee if you are looking to take on a bit more responsibility at university and have fun in the process!
Gaining valuable skills
Being part of a society can also help boost your employability. In an increasingly competitive job market, employers are looking for candidates who stand out, so having interests and hobbies can help you to demonstrate a variety of skills. I believe playing an active role in the Business Society helped me to gain my placement after second year, as I was able to use my experiences when answering interview questions.
Societies at Newcastle University
At Newcastle University Student’s Union (NUSU) there are over 180 societies, and 90 sports clubs for students to join. NUSU believe there is something for everyone and every interest, but if you don’t find what you are looking for, why not get in touch to find out how to start your own society.
If you struggle with commitment but want to get involved with something new, don’t worry, there’s something for you too! You can take part in events, activities and sports organised through NUSU’s Give It A Go and Campus Leagues.
University is the perfect opportunity to try new things, and at Newcastle there’s plenty to try! To find out more information, please visit: https://www.nusu.co.uk/getinvolved/