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How society socials have adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Annick Jenkin | English Language and Linguistics Contact Annick
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Sports and Student Union societies are one of the keyways of making friends at university and also getting involved in an activity you really enjoy. A lot of my university time has been involved with Warwick Linguistics Society (LingSoc) as I am an English Language and Linguistics student. Last academic year I was on the exec as Education Officer and this year I am President. This is a very important role and one which has been ever so prominent during a very different academic year with COVID-19. 

For those of you who don’t know, LingSoc is the University of Warwick’s very own Linguistics society. We are closely linked to the Applied Linguistics department, but welcome members from all across campus. We pride ourselves as being an inclusive and engaging society, hosting a range of exciting events and having a strong sense of community. LingSoc is a space for us to come together and enhance our university experience in terms of social, academic and career opportunities.

With a new year came new socials for Warwick’s Linguistic Society, although they do look a little different than normal. Gone are the days of circling and club nights, instead LingSoc has hosted multiple online events, including a virtual games night and “Coffee with LingSoc”, with fantastic turn out. It was lovely seeing some of the freshers in person for a rule of 6 meal at Fusion in the Student’s Union back in September and a socially distanced walk and talk around campus, too! LingSoc were able to host in-person socials till October 2020 before the November 2020 national lockdown.

These in-person socials gave members some much needed time away from work and a way for freshers to meet new people for the first time. As a third-year student, I knew how important it was for freshers to at least have an in-person social whilst the rule of 6 still applied so they could make friends and meet people in-person before there was another national lockdown. It was lovely to see friendships forming across year groups and for the community to continue growing through these in-person events. 

Throughout term 1 we changed our socials to online events which included, game nights playing Among Us through our very own LingSoc discord, “coffee with LingSoc” where we had a Microsoft Teams chat to discuss any questions from student life to cooking, movie nights through Netflix Party which were proven very popular and a LingSoc quiz night on Zoom. This first term of online events has shown that thinking of new ideas and taking socials online, can still connect students together from all year groups and keep their mind off what is going on in the world for an hour or two. 

The challenges COVID-19 has thrown at us has not deterred us from trying to give our members various levels of interaction and support. From online virtual socials, games nights, our mentoring scheme for first years, “coffee with LingSoc”, and a virtual quiz night. Despite this disruption, we as an exec and our student-led-society have maintained our hard work and dedication to all things LingSoc, for our returning members as well as our new members to keep moral high and wellbeing as our top priority to keep members connected in the community. 

My main message for students planning to come to Warwick or current Warwick students, is that online socials can in fact still give you a community feel that in-person events give you too. LingSoc and other Warwick society execs have worked really hard this term to help keep members connected and a space for them to take their mind off what is happening in the world. We will continue with online socials in term 2 to keep everyone safe and follow government guidelines. I hope this has given you an idea of how we can balance in-person and online socials where appropriate to keep all members as safe as possible!  

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Annick Jenkin | English Language and Linguistics Contact Annick
Feel free to ask my anything from student life to…
Find out more about me Contact Annick

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