by Heather Dimmer
Freshers Fayre feels overwhelming, they all have membership fees, and you don’t know which ones to choose. Seriously, don’t worry about it. Everyone feels like that to some degree as a fresher.
The fayre will be your number one opportunity to meet and talk to committees and members of the societies you’re interested in, to see what’s out there that you might not have heard of, and to get some freebies to boot!
Swansea University societies range from choirs to gaming societies, from religion and culture to arts and crafts. Also, if you’ve got an idea for a society, get enough signatures and you can start one yourself! There is a complete list of societies available on the Union website under Activities and Opportunities, along with many wonderful stalls at the Fayre.
Societies are the heart and soul of the student-led part of the university and each one is unique, so there’s plenty to choose from! Join the Facebook groups, talk to the committees; if you’re not sure if you’ll like a society, just ask!
Here’s what some of our students say about societies:
”You will meet awesome people who have the same interests as you and you’ll have a great time! It can really help you get over homesickness or other worries because you’ll have so many people you can talk to, many of whom will have been through it too.”
“I can honestly say that societies have given me far more than just new friends. The confidence to lead, organisational skills and the opportunity to work with amazingly talented people across Swansea and the wider higher education community, my time with societies has been a journey I will never forget.”
“Societies give you an easy environment in which to make friends and meet people with the same hobbies and interests. It makes you feel part of something, makes you more active in uni and student life, and it’s tons of fun!”
“A great chance to socialise with people with the same interests, and something to do on the nights you don’t go to Wind Street.”
“Gives you a chance to try something new – a sport or society you might end up loving!”