Brief Societies Guide
Societies represent an amazing way through which you can make so many friends. Yes, you heard me, friends. I do not mean only contacts, but genuine people who can make your Warwick experience so much better. The Societies Fair is the place where your hunting begins and it is scheduled usually at the beginning of the 1st Term. I had several in my mind I wanted to join though I changed my mind a few times until I filtered them: The Fashion Collective (LINE), The Magazine Society (Cobalt), TEDx, The Romanian Speaking Society, AIESEC, Warwick Rouge and World@Warwick. I will tell you a bit about all of them and my sessions with them and hopefully, they will help future Warwick students choose any societies they truly want to engage in and be a part of.
Firstly, the Magazine Society, Cobalt, is the society I fell in love with instantly because of my strong passion for writing. The exec with Ellie Hastings in charge is very friendly and I met them through one of their photography workshops and even better at their writing workshops. I felt this society in particular gave me the freedom to express myself, my concerns, my beliefs and supported any suggestion I had for the upcoming Issue. My hobbies include travelling, photography and fiction writing, but for this ‘photography exclusive number,’ I wrote a travel post about my last trip to Paris. Issue 4 was released in November 2015 and I am so proud to have contributed: http://issuu.com/cobaltmagazine/docs/issue_4_for_publication
Secondly, Warwick’s Fashion and Arts Society (LINE) provides an insight into student life at Warwick and their passion for photography, travelling, poetry and style. They do photo shoots around campus and its surroundings, fashion shows, interviews, blog posts, they keep an account for every social media, such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat, whilst organizing charity events and secret parties. I did apply for a position to be their Fresher Representative though I did not get it. This Saturday they are celebrating international culture at Warwick and are organizing a fashion show entitled ‘Identity Crisis- One World Week Fashion Show 2016’, encouraging cultural integration, acceptance and co-operation. They even have an online blog with many useful fashion and lifestyle tips: http://www.theunderlinedblog.com
Thirdly, the AIESEC team at Warwick is definitely top quality. I have been involved previously in some AIESEC Romania projects and I can say the programmes with internships they offer and their workshops do provide interesting skill sets and raise awareness levels. As students, you can experience the world by living and working in a foreign country, nurturing your passions, focusing on five key issues: Cultural Understanding, Education, Environment and Health & Social Entrepreneurship.
Some other societies I joined and made contact with are the Romanian Speaking Society, a really fun and outgoing crew, which can make homesickness disappear instantly, Warwick Rouge, the perfect society for beauty enthusiast which offers tutorials, socials and an introduction into the beauty industry for those really passionate about cosmetics, TedX, a society focusing on individuals who have an idea, have studied a subject and have a practical solution to demonstrate the positive impact that mankind is having on our local and international communities. Last but not least, World@Warwick is a society for all students offering language lessons for free in either English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, Turkish and Korean. Be aware that this is separate from the Language Center and these courses are free, taught by other students.
I hope this little guide will help you decide which society you want to join in October. I chose these ones because of my cultural background and passions, but I can assure you: there is something for everyone at Warwick!