Societies and Sports at Warwick
Many of you by now may have have noticed that there is always something going on in Warwick, from performances, matches, campaigns; with around 60 sports clubs and over 250 societies it may sometimes get a bit overwhelming to decide which to really committee your time to. We have all been there, during the initial freshers week where you are pounced on by eager society and clubs execs luring you towards their booths with freebies, and food, enthusiastically registering for every booth you stop at. Indeed joining societies and clubs do entail certain fees to the SU, sports federation and clubs themselves which goes towards events and maintenance of the club, there comes a moment when you realise you may have signed up for a bit too many, realistically speaking. I have had my fair share of trialling different societies before narrowing down which I wanted to invest my time into. Between being a singer in a band, a member of AIESEC Warwick, and even playing a role in starting two new societies I do feel that I have had a fruitful experience with the many societies and clubs Warwick has to offer.
Speaking from my own experience, make sure to utilise the taster sessions of each club/society you are interested before you commit to joining. These tasters sessions are normally free, and each club has a set schedule at the beginning of the term for you to attend. By attending these sessions, you are more or less able to better gauge which club or society you can see yourself pursuing for the rest of the terms and even potentially throughout your years whilst studying at the university. As I have said in previous blog entries before, societies are a great way to try something new, continue with passions and hobbies outside of academics and a great opportunity to make lifelong friends. With so many diverse societies and clubs at Warwick, there is something bound to interest you and I highly encourage you to try exploring some of these options to make your time at University even more enjoyable and exciting.
A general breakdown distinguishes societies and sports clubs from one another. Societies tend to have less of a fixed weekly schedule compared to sports clubs for obvious reasons. Many society events include socials (sober ones as well), and society trips or talks depending on the nature of the society; whether it be cultural, performance, academic or interest based. With sport clubs being much more strenuous with regards to training matches or races, always make sure to keep on schedule with training and any external requirements the coaches set, especially if it’s a team sport. Overall you should never go into anything half baked and effort and commitment is a standing trait that will not only be appreciated and reflect well on yourself throughout university, but many other aspects of life as well.
By the time third year rolls in make sure you can gauge your workload and whether you are able to manage job applications, course work, dissertation, alongside keeping up with events and training. Identify your priorities and commit to whichever team or organisation you’re involved in, this is especially crucial if you decide to run for any executive positions. Whilst executive positions are even more time consuming and involves much more responsibility than simply being a member, it is something that can add quality to your CVs and helps with overall character building and leadership.