How to make the most out of Societies Fair
When you think about Warwick, you think about high-standard academia, a nice campus, multicultural environment, geese and…a lot of societies. And when I say a lot, I mean it, with over 250 to choose from. If you think you know exactly what societies you’ll get involved in even prior to coming here, you may be extremely wrong, as you’ll find yourself curious to know more about some you’ve never even heard of before. Yes, I’m talking from experience. However, because the days of the fair are chaotical in their essence with hundreds of students walking from one stand to another, here are some tips to help you make the most out of the 24 and 25 of this September.
Have a look on-line at the societies list
It’s important that you make an overall idea about what you can find at the Societies Fair before the actual day so that you won’t get very confused on the spot. Make a list of societies that you prioritize so that, in that amalgam of people, you won’t forget to check them out. However, even if you think the on-line description is enough, don’t miss the actual days of the Fair as you can get a lot more information from a face to face conversation with members of those societies. In addition, this is a good chance to actually meet some of them, in case you decide to later join that society. Here is the link to the official societies web page: https://www.warwicksu.com/societies/
Don’t say ‘no’ to flyers
Expect to be bombarded with flyers from every direction until you reach that point when you think: “Ok, I’m not taking one more flyer!” When you reach that moment, ignore it and keep taking the flyers. It would be too exhausting to go to every single stand and ask the members for information about their society, that’s why, the flyers provide you with a pretty good insight about what’s going on there. You may never know what interesting fact you can find in there that can arouse your interest for a society. Even if you think you’re not interested in that, you can still take a glance at it or pass it on to a friend.
Go to the stands you know nothing about
If I had a pound for each time I was asking: “so what is your society about?”, I would probably spend it on something useless. The idea is that there are going to be a lot of organizations, sports or activities you’re not familiar with, but which could prove to be suitable for your personality. For instance, I had no idea what STAR (STudent Action For Refugees) stood for, and now I am a in the executive board of it and I simply love everything about this society and its people.
On the Scooby-Doo principle: we split up
If you to go with a group of people and choose to stick together, it will be hard to focus on everyone’s preferences, which will result in you and your friends missing out stalls you were interested in, or being too exhausted to even bother going there and asking for information anymore. What I did was to split up from my friends once I got there and met them later that day, when we all finished our tour. This way, I could take my time and focus exclusively on what I wanted. This is a personal preference, but it can turn out very efficient.
First year is the time to try them out
I got involved in a lot of societies last year, but, if I had a regret, it was the fact that I didn’t try out even more activities. There are a lot of societies that offer tester sessions which are free and not to be missed. Find a balance between comfort zone and the novelty element. Even if, at the beginning, you may not have other people to join those sessions with, don’t hesitate to go alone as there are certainly people in the same situation as you are, driven by curiosity.
As those days are approaching fast, I hope you’re just as eager as I am and I can’t wait to meet you there, hopefully looking less confused than I did last year.