Preview: Societies Fair 2015

Cardiff’s 200-plus strong Guild of Societies will be hosting its annual Societies Fair on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd of September.

The two-day event, held every year during the Freshers’ period, sees hundreds of societies, from the A Cappella society to the Yoga society, hosted in the Main Hall of the Students’ Union.

Signing up to a society is incredibly straightforward – it can be done online by visiting the Cardiff Students’ Union website and using your login details to purchase a £5 Guild of Societies membership along with memberships to each of the societies that you wish to join – societies are usually very cheap or even free to join. In addition, students will be able to purchase these memberships in the Main Hall over each of the two days of the fair.

Be careful to make it to the event on both days, as a completely different group of societies will be turning up each time. Joining a society enables you to quickly and easily meet like-minded people and can make the inevitably daunting taks of making friends in first year all the more easy.

The societies that are run from the Students’ Union cater to a truly vast range of interests; whether you’re an international student and you want to meet some of your compatriots, or you’d like to get to know more people on your course, chances are that there is a society that will ignite your interests.

Look out for gair rhydd’s stand at the Societies’ Fair – we’ll be encouraging you to get involved with the writing and production of the newspaper over the course of the next year. The other arms of Cardiff Student Media: Quench magazine, CUTV and Xpress Radio will also be represented at the fair.

If it’s sport that you’re intersted in, then also make sure you get along to the Student Union’s Athletic Union Fair, that takes place on Wednesday September 23rd. There are over 60 sports clubs that form the AU, and you can find out more about the AU Fair in this week’s sport section, on page 31.

Societies are run based on a bronze, silver and gold tier system, with higher band societies having more money to run events. If you think that there’s a society that doesn’t represent your interests, then think about starting one with people who have similar interests – societies exist at university to allow people to engage with each other and their passions. Societies are trulty one of the most distinctive parts of university life and can shape the years that you spend in Cardiff.

The Societies Fair takes place from 12-6pm on September 21st and 22nd. Make sure you turn up nice and early if you want to avoid the inevitable crowds with that Freshers’ hangover you’ll be nursing.

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