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by John Finlay
Topic: College life
Views: 185

Well Hello First Years,

How are you all keeping? Good I’m hoping!

Now that you have had time to settle into college life you may begin to wonder if going to and coming from lectures day in day out or continuously searching for books in the library is all that college life entails for you. Thankfully college life encompasses so much more than that and there is in fact another side to the coin.

And what is on the other side of that proverbial coin some of you are undoubtedly asking yourselves? Clubs and societies that's what!!! As you may or may not have seen from the clubs and socs day there is everything from the weird and wonderful to the eccentric and unique clubs and societies available to all at NUIG. A major part of university life is engaging with the social opportunities offered and joining clubs and societies is one of the best parts of the NUIG social scene.  Not only is it a great opportunity to pursue your interests, it is one of the best ways to meet like-minded people and make new friends. Whether it be sports, film, drama, debating, dance or Harry Potter, there is a club for absolutely everything, so you can actively seek out a club that interests you and join! Believe me you have absolutley nothing to lose!

These clubs and societies often meet on a regular basis for social nights and are great for having a laugh and de-stressing! And what is an added advantage of these clubs and societies? They’re FREE to join! Now in all honesty who doesn’t like to avail of something free? We are students after all, the more free things the better I reckon!!!

If you didn't get go to the society day, have no fear as you can join all the societies from the comfort of your own home. Just log onto to the society website and scroll through the flurry of societies we have at NUIG. Just go for it and follow the Link below:

http://www.socs.nuigalway.ie/

Don’t want to join a club or society but at the same time don’t want to waste an opportunity to improve yourself or meet new people? Why not go for the title of Saint and volunteer for things instead, again similar to clubs and socs there are a number of volunteering opportunities at NUIG ranging from international human rights organisations such as amnesty international through to community based projects  such as SUAS which help improve children literacy skills. Or you could be a mentor and wear  a fancy blue t shirt for the day and give back to first years next year and show them what you wish you had known coming here this year. But that is just a few examples of what you can do out of many available.

To volunteer is one of the most rewarding experiences you can do, and NUI G provides countless opportunities to do so. NUIG works closely with a broad range of charities and volunteer organisations, on local, national and international levels. Pick an organisation you are passionate about and fully commit to it. Given the new relative freedom and flexibility that a college timetable provides, now is the best time to volunteer. So make the most of your free time and volunteer! Whether it be big or small, every contribution helps!

Volunteering can benefit you additionally through enhancing a CV and improves your employability factor. Employers at the end of the day see a million CV’s with the same old boring stuff on it, why not stick out from the crowd and increase your chances.

After all college is essentially a new chapter in your life so go ahead, join something outrageous, new and fun..after all that is what college is about!

All the best for now,

John  (Mentor Leader)