It’s a given that you’ll want to do your best at university. But you also won’t want the memories of the ‘best days of your life’ to consist of you cramming for exams. Sure it's one aspect of uni but there’s so much more to it. Going to university is as much about growing as a person as it is about achieving good grades.
So how do you make the most of your uni experience? Many students have gotten a lot out of joining a student group. Being involved in a club, society or team will introduce you to new ideas and like-minded people. You'll have unique experiences and find out what you’re capable of. The potential is there to have a broader, more fulfilling life at uni – a life beyond your studies.
So why not take advantage of your time at university? Here are a few reasons why you should consider joining a group. Getting involved might also help you achieve some of the other UniGoals on your list.
1. Discover your hidden talents
Is there some activity or hobby you’ve always wanted to explore but haven’t had the opportunity? Perhaps you haven’t discovered what you’re ‘good at’ yet? A student group is a great outlet to find out more about yourself. With the encouragement of your peers, you’ll learn what you’re capable of and push yourself to achieve your goals.
2. Meet new people
Joining a club or group can help you connect with the wider student community. The atmosphere is more relaxed and social which best lends itself to meeting people. If you take part in something you’re passionate about you’re likely to bond with others who share your interests. The people you meet could end up being friends long after you graduate.
3. Live a healthier lifestyle
Did you spend your teenage years trying desperately to avoid PE class? Or perhaps changing room pep talks, team huddles and the thrill of competition is more your thing. Either way, getting into sport at university is a great alternative to going to the gym. Team sports are more social and feel less like exercise, plus being active has been proven to help your mental wellbeing. So whether you’re a novice or a five time trophy winner, there’s a team that’ll suit you.
“The most memorable and beneficial university experience I had was being a part of the ladies’ football team. I was lucky enough to work with an amazing group of girls for the three years whilst I was at university, and even luckier to have the opportunity to captain the team in my second and third year. I was able to use examples from my role within the team in my application as well as identifying the skills I developed through being part of the team.”
– Bethan Woolley, graduate of Sport Development now works at Staffordshire FA
4. Learn new skills
Learning at university doesn’t just happen in the lecture hall. Joining a student group will enable you to gain knowledge and new skills. Learning something new helps stimulate your brain which in turn should make tackling your studies that much easier.
5. Boost your self-confidence
It’s understandable that you may feel a bit nervous about joining a new group. In which case, attending a taster session will let you try out various activities without any pressure or intimidation. You’ll soon get the hang of your chosen pursuit and your confidence will build with each achievement.
6. Land your dream job
The job market is tough. You need to have an edge on the competition. Employers are looking for more than just a degree these days, they want to see that you have transferable skills and that you’re a well-rounded person. You can almost guarantee that your interviewer will ask you to demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills. Having participated in a student group will give you plenty of examples to show you have these skills. Plus you’re more likely to make a lasting impression on the employer if you’re involved in activities outside of your studies.
7. Enhance your academic studies
You might consider getting involved in an academic group to further enrich what you’re studying. Rather than overloading you, it can give you a break from your studies by providing a more social setting to share your interests with like-minded people. It may help you to see your subject from a different perspective or revive your initial passion. You can delve deeper into specific areas and engage in discussions that go beyond your lectures.
8. Have fun
That’s what it’s really about.