fter a long, slow summer, having received your results and successfully made it to Exeter, your inaugural week of moving into halls, settling in, attending taster sessions and predictably messy nights out is about to begin. At the end of it all, there’s the long-awaited Freshers’ Fair, where you sign your soul away to your chosen societies for the year.
NOT CHOOSING A SOCIETY AT THE START DOESN’T MEAN CLOSING THE DOOR TO IT FOREVER.
Okay, so it’s not quite that dramatic, but the societies you sign up for may well become your family this year, so choose wisely… You’ll chose about ten, attend around three, and always intend to get around to that one obscure society you joined on a whim but never quite make it to. Joining something on your own is a good idea. If you can’t find a flatmate to go with you, you’ll make new friends doing something you really enjoy. And even if you don’t sign up in Freshers’ Week, it’s never too late! Signing up late often means a reduced joining fee too, so not choosing a society at the start doesn’t mean closing the door to it forever.”
– Bea Fones
“I joined pole fitness society in first year, on a whim. After quickly realising none of my friends had joined I went to the A & V desk and cancelled my membership.
I NEED TO BITE THE BULLET SOMETIMES AND BRAVE SOMETHING NEW TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS.
In second year, I decided to join the ballroom society (DanceSport) because I’ve always wanted to learn how to dance properly and thought it would be fun. I actually made it to a class before cancelling my membership this time, and even though I had no friends to go with and could think of plenty excuses to not go, I’m glad I went. I really enjoyed every class I went to and everyone was really friendly. Even though I didn’t get round to competing this year, it was definitely worth the nerves on that first class. It was a major lesson for me that I need to bite the bullet sometimes and brave something new to make new friends. This year I’ll be joining Pole Fitness and Ballroom again. Moral of the story: do things your housemates or course-mates aren’t doing and you may and a hobby you love!”
“With so many sporting options here at Exeter, deciding which to go for may be a little daunting; as a fresher arriving last year, I was faced with the same dilemma. Having played hockey throughout my time at school, joining EULHC (Exeter University Ladies Hockey Club) seemed like the obvious decision; however, after the third set of (cold) trials in Freshers’ Week I was beginning to feel a bit out of my depth.
WHILST DRAGGING YOURSELF UP TO CAMPUS WITH A RAGING HANGOVER MAY SEEM A LITTLE TOO MUCH LIKE HARD WORK, THE TRIALS ARE IMPORTANT IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF THE CLUB.
Now in my second year, and having had a year playing for the 5s within the club meeting and playing alongside an amazing group of girls, I can honestly say I’d spent those trial days during freshers’ in the right place. Whilst dragging yourself up to campus with a raging hangover may seem a little too much like hard work, the trials are important if you want to be a part of the club. Not only are they a great opportunity to meet other newcomers, it’s during these first few sessions that the teams are formed. With such a range of ability, inevitably not everyone makes the club, but there’s always intramural, mixed hockey which is good for socialising and quality of play! Like many of the BUCS clubs here at Exeter, EULHC boasts a great Wednesday night social so for the party-goers amongst you, have your onesies, UV paint and charity-shop-attire at the ready!”