I wrote before about how I overcame my anxiety in approaching people in the Clubs and Societies week when I had decided to join the Performing Arts Club. For me, joining a club is mandatory to get the best student experience on campus. It was the first thing I had to do when I arrived.
Whether your clubs and societies week is on the first or second week, joining one (or a few), while you are still new, will have a positive impact on your psychological well-being and your social life.
Joining a club can make your university life more meaningful and fulfilled.
Everyone wants to be part of something greater. Everyone wants to belong somewhere.
That’s how university clubs and societies come to play.
Not convinced? Here are seven reasons why you should consider joining a club, adapted from my own experience.
1. You will make friends who’ll last a lifetime.
Joining a club is the best way to make friends at university. You share similar interests and you hang out regularly. If you participate in the club’s events, you’ll get to hang out with the people at odd hours, whether it’s after classes, late at night or early in the morning. Yes, that’s when you really bond with them.
You’ll end up having lunch or dinner or late snacks with them and soon, your conversations will get deep and real.
And before you know it, they’ll be the best friends you can count on.
2. You’ll learn how to manage your time…
Between classes and your club’s schedule, you’ll learn how to juggle both. You’ll learn how to set boundaries for yourself.
I’m also encouraging you to sign up for being part of a club’s committee. It’ll test your time management skills even more! Believe me, being a committee member is a whole different world; I’ve been one for 2 years. It’s a lot of responsibility but your sense of belonging and your circle of friends will grow. Besides, you better take the chance before your final year when studies get way too hectic.
3. And learn how to deal with the unexpected.
You may optimise your time and devise your own schedule but, in the end, there will always be something unexpected that will throw everything off. No time to panic in a case like this. You’ll just learn how to cope with those situations.
And anyway, isn’t it how life really is? You may have huge or detailed plans for your future but it’s unlikely that you will stick to your plans. Something always happens. But it’s alright. Adapting to change is a great quality!
4. You’ll find yourself capable of things you would have never thought of doing.
Me, a leader? I always thought of myself as a follower and didn’t care much about being at the top. Even when I signed up for the committee, I only wanted to help.
But I ended up leading my own little team and I surprisingly enjoyed it. We were together for a common goal and we would work hard together. Soon enough, I was promoted to leading the whole club…
I also never have thought I would be able to dance but I did! Who knows? You may find qualities within yourself you never thought you had.
5. You may discover your real passions.
I never realised how much I loved acting and prop-making and performing arts in general until I join the university club. Although this passion of mine is not going to transpire into my actual career (or maybe it will in the future, who knows?), I know some people who have followed their passion IRL from being in a club.
I have many friends who ended up being professional actors. Although it is more of a ‘side’ career (they have real jobs), it is a career nonetheless.
6. You’ll learn harsh truths about the world.
Despite everything I’ve written above, there will be setbacks. There may be broken friendships and stress; you may end up neglecting your studies and failing a few subjects; you may become a part in people’s drama.
I’ve had people abandon our group a week from the day of our performance! Finding a replacement was really stressful.
Nothing is perfect and that’s how the world works. Joining a club will come with hardships. But it’ll prepare you for what’s coming.
7. You’ll end up being a different person but in a good way.
After everything that will pass, you’ll become more confident and mentally stronger.
If you are on a committee, you’ll have been exposed to a kind of work environment stimulation. So you’ll have an idea of what to expect in the future.
You will have grown into a better you. You will have sharpened your skills and come closer to your passions.
Isn’t it worth it in the end?
I say, yes. So join a club.
By the way, I have never NOT been in a club. From my first semester ’til my last, I’ve been in the Performing Arts Club, while also joining other clubs on the side like those the Psychology Network and the Street Dance Society. It’s crazy but I can never imagine myself not being in a club at university; I never want to be that student who only studies.
Eventually, whether you join a club or not is up to you. If you are struggling to keep up with the added schedules and if you are constantly stressed, maybe you should step back and take it easy.
But I would still encourage you to join a weekly activity. An hour a week. Give it a try 🙂
Your turn: Tell me about a university club you would like to join or one which you are already part of! Leave your response in the comments.
D. K. Waye.