As I reflect and reminisce on my first year of University I’m laughing at some of the ridiculous things I’ve done, most of these thanks to a certain society. Being the eldest sibling, cousin, general family member to go to Uni I hadn’t had any tips of what to do and what NOT to do at Uni.. But for me personally, if I were to give one piece of advice to anyone starting Uni, it would be to join a society. Preferably a sports society, but in general any one will do!
Theres definitely a society for everyone, from Hockey to Hip-Hop dance, Knitting to Archery, Uni Radio to Water Polo, the list is endless. Initially, joining a society may be daunting, however, this will single handedly be the best thing you will ever do in your Uni years. Not only is it a great way to make friends, it keeps you social, active, and stops you sitting in your room all day eating Pot-Noodles and watching 4od.
At Nottingham Trent, Ocean is the place to go on a Wednesday and each society has a bar crawl leading up to Ocean. Needless to say it can get very messy. With a different fancy dress every week from pigs to pirates, Avatars to babies, Fresh Prince to Monsters Inc.. hilarious chaos would be a good way of describing an Ocean Wednesday! And as most Trent students (including myself) hang their heads in shame on a Thursday morning, after learning last nights behaviour, we still come back for more every week!
But aside from the partying and socialising, joining a society could be where you make your closest friends. Having moved away from home for the first time, Uni can be a lonely place for some people. In my personal experience I have made some of my closest friends through Trent Hockey. They’ve carried me home, made me dinners, called interventions, told me off, hugged me, payed for my Dominoes, forced me to watch endless chick flicks and Downton Abbey episodes, leant me a kitchen table to sleep on, oh and there was that time I got hit in the face whilst dressed as a pig. But joking aside I’ve met some bloody awesome people who I wouldn’t have had the pleasure of embarrassing myself with if I hadn’t joined a society!