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The Advantages of Joining University Groups

| October 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

University life opens a up a whole new range of experiences, and though you may be leaving friends and family behind for a while, you’ll have opportunities to meet people from all over the world, as well as students from your own country.

The best way of getting to know new friends quickly is at Freshers Week, where representatives of the university’s clubs, societies and sports teams set up stalls and encourage you to join them. The Students’ Union and the university itself usually support these groups, as they are keen to encourage you to take an active part in student life.

There is quite a difference between societies and clubs set up for hobbies and interests, and clubs that promote competitive sports, so it’s best to think about what is likely to suit what you want to do. Both types of groups offer great social support to members and it can also be easier to talk through other issues, such as emotional problems, with people who are interested in the same activities as you.

Sports clubs generally have a range of teams and can perform to a very high standard. If you’re good enough at your sport, and fortunate enough to be picked for a team, remember that you are likely to become very busy with training and travelling to matches. You should also get very fit! Plan your timetable carefully to make sure you keep up with your academic work and try to get plenty of rest.

University groups are a great way to explore something new with like-minded people. It’s not difficult to make friends for life when you may be abseiling down a sheer rock face or performing an operatic duet on stage accompanied by a full orchestra. And if you can’t find a group you really want to join, why not start your own?

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