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by Kimberley Harris Contact
Topic: College life
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If you didn't get a chance or just spent the whole of your first semester getting settled in with living away from home for the first time, it is not too late to sign up to a club or society you have an interest in! :)  

"It’s never too late to get involved in college. If you find yourself thinking “oh God, shouldn’t I have made close friends by now?”, or, “why don’t I have something to do on Friday nights?”- don’t despair, you’re not alone! Everyone finds it hard to step into an unknown environment. Maybe you didn’t have much of an interest in sport at school, or you never had the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. Well, here’s your chance to start ticking those things off of your list! College is your time to test out a sport you’ve seen on television, but never had the nerve to try. Join a society because you think you might have something to add. Volunteer because you loved the feeling it gave you in back Transition Year.Whatever it is that’s holding you back, let go." - Alison

"Make a point to speak to as many people as you can when you go to an event-chances are they’re just as nervous as you are. Don’t assume everyone’s friend groups are now made, and are all set in stone. Change is inevitable, but you have the power to make new friends wherever you go-all you have to do is say hello."- Alison

"Be it a new sport, volunteering at a concert, or even just going to a movie screening- you’d be surprised where you can meet people. The best part of volunteering is that you have the opportunity to meet people outside of your course. Also, it doesn’t hurt to have it on your C.V!" - Alison

"Although it may seem silly to get involved in a new society in semester two, the thing is that a lot of society committees will be electing new members, for the 2017/18 academic year, towards exam time. This is your chance to get involved, become known to the committee, and to ultimately book your place for next year. Spend the summer thinking of ideas that could improve the society, and brainstorm ideas for interesting events that haven’t been hosted by your society before." - Alison 

"It's never too late to join a club or society, they'll be more than happy to have you in the second semester. It's a great way to broaden your horizons and meet people you wouldn't have otherwise. It's also great to have a hobby for when things get stressful" - Yasmin 

"Clubs and societies are a great social outlet in the college that make it easier to meet new people. It can be very easy to stick to just making friends within your own course, but it is great to have a group outside this as well who share similar, non-academic interests, whether thats an obsession with harry potter or a love of baked treats. When exam time comes round it can be lovely to have a friend or two that aren’t on your course to meet for a coffee and distract you rather than a classmate who want to dissect the exam paper you just did on your study break! Clubs and societies are a great way of forcing you to take them much needed breaks for the books. And for sports clubs and dansoc etc, they could save you that hefty 250 euro gym fee! It’s free to sign up to all clubs and societies in our college and you can do it online if you didn’t make it to the fairs at the start of the semester." - Christina 

Societies are a fantastic way to get involved with university life, and they give you an opportunity to meet new people outside of your course. There are over 140 societies in NUI Galway, are there are many events taking place each week. Keep an eye on the posters around campus and the society website, you may see something that you would love to do. There are societies for different courses, but also for so many different interest groups. They are a great way to meet like-minded individuals, and you may end up meeting a best friend there. Getting some time away from you class is important, so, why not choose something you love? Be it Baking soc, Potter soc, or even Time Lord soc, there is something for everyone. They are also really good to give you an idea of new hobbies, and things you may never even have heard of before. I would encourage everyone to get involved with a society, and it’s never too late to start! - Fergal 


Best of luck!!