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University isn’t just about getting the grades you need to fulfil your future ambitions, it is also about broadening your horizons by embracing new experiences and building friendships right across the University. A fantastic way to do this is to join one (or more!) of the 130 clubs and societies that Hertfordshire has to offer. “I joined the HUSKIS – the skiing and snowboarding society – and learnt to snowboard in my final year. A huge group of us went to the Alps for a week and I made a lovely group of friends outside of my studies. I was also part of student media and had my own radio show on our student radio station. I did it for fun but it indirectly developed my communication skills and confidence.” Shannen Rock, BA (Hons) Business

“The first society I joined when I started University was the Hindu Society. It was a good way for me to meet other students who had the same beliefs as me and a great way to make new friends.

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I’d encourage everyone to join a society – it’s such a good way to meet others with the same interests as you.” Hemi Patel, BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Can’t find a society that floats your boat, then why not set up your own? All you need are another couple of likeminded people to help you run it, then just email societies@hertfordshire.su and we’ll arrange an induction where you’ll be trained in running your new society. Just imagine how impressive that’s going to look on your CV! Entrepreneurial attitude: check. People skills: check. Leadership potential: check!

Find out more about the different societies at our Freshers’ Fair – 11.00-15.00 on Friday 21 September on College Lane. You can meet some of their members and find out what life could be like as part of the Baking society, the Street Dance society or the LGBT+ society. Check out page 19 for top tips on getting the most out of Freshers’ Fair. If you miss out on the Freshers’ Fair (tut tut!) check out hertfordshire.su to search through all the societies and pay your subscription.

'This is Herts' student guide 2018  

Written by students for students, you'll find advice on everything from settling into university life and how to make your money go further,...

'This is Herts' student guide 2018  

Written by students for students, you'll find advice on everything from settling into university life and how to make your money go further,...