…by Paula / from Argentina / studies Economic & Social History / 4th year (UG)
Apart from succeeding academically and handing essays in on time, students at the University of Edinburgh are encouraged to pursue their interests through extracurricular activities. However, choosing from more than 250 societies might be tough and overwhelming, especially when it comes to something new that you haven’t tried before. The offer is very wide, from political to cultural, going through gaming, spiritual and physical, and there are a variety of different ways for you to get involved – ranging from member to president. If you don’t like any of the ones listed, you can even start your own society; you just need a couple of people to back you up!
Here’s my personal top five list, to get you started in this decision process:
- Harry Potter Society – Scotland but especially Edinburgh, is where a lot of inspiration for the Harry Potter series came from, so why not honor this by joining them? Their activities range from discussions/debates to pub quizzes and game nights. Not to forget they play Quidditch every Wednesday and Saturday in the Meadows…it can’t get more interesting than that!
- Edinburgh Bhangra Crew – for those who know what Bhangra is, this is a must-join society. For those who don’t, it is definitely something to try. They hold classes twice a week, and will teach you everything you need to know about this celebratory Punjabi folk dance. They’re a multicultural and diverse group, so while having fun and getting fit, you’ll get to know people from lots of different backgrounds.
- Latin American Society – partly because I’m Latin, but mostly because it is an amazing culture to get to know, I really encourage you to join this one. They hold plenty of events, including Day of the Dead and an impressive Latin American Forum, with speakers such as ambassadors and CEOs that come all the way from Latin America. It is also one of the largest societies, and you definitely don’t have to be Latin to join!
- Save the Children Society – this campaigning space is dedicated to fighting for the rights of children, holding petitions and exhibitions. Furthermore, members are trained as speakers to talk about the importance of children’s rights in workshops and conferences. If you believe in this cause, join them and get some experience in politics and community awareness.
- Student Newspaper – If you want your voice to be heard, this is the place to look for. Whether you’ve been writing for years or you are new to it, this society will give you the space to express your thoughts and opinions. The newspaper is printed weekly and is widely read across Edinburgh. Apart from the writers’ meetings, weekly socials are organised to have fun and meet fellow writers.
If I didn’t convince you, go ahead and look at the societies’ guide! I’m sure you’ll find something to get yourself busy.