An International Student of Literature in England.
As an English Literature student, I thought that joining the Literature Society would be a great way to meet people on my course and to get tips from 2nd and 3rd year students. And indeed, people are so nice there. For the first time in my life, I felt at ease with tons of people who share my love for literature and books. However, remember that societies are open to ANYONE regardless of the course you are doing.
We all meet once a week for a discussion group about (surprisingly!) books, for two hours! Each week, we have a new topic, discuss it all together, and then split into small groups. After each sessions, I usually have 20 new books to add to my reading list though – which I might never have the time to read. Afterwards, people go to the bar on campus after the meeting and the committee organises socials throughout the year!
It usually costs about £3 per year to join a society at UEA, and there is something for everyone: the Quidditch Society (they even travel to other unis for the “World Cup”), Concrete (UEA’s newspaper), the music and live music societies, law, pharmacy,, Erasmus, Malaysian, assassin (don’t worry, they use fake guns), sexpression, fetish, board games, yoga… And that’s without mentioning the wide variety of sports clubs!
My main advice for freshers is to join a societies and/or sports clubs, because it makes meeting people much easier and you’ll really need to take a break from studying sometimes!