When you first get to uni the prospect of making new friends can seem daunting. Sure, you have your new housemates, but what if you don’t get along with all of them? What about when you want a wider circle of friends?
The easiest way to meet new people, with the same interests as you, is to join a society or a sports club. You don’t have to go straight for a sports team if you aren’t a sporty person: Cardiff’s societies fair has loads of other interesting activities on offer, from creative writing to Quidditch. When you get to university is the perfect time to try something new, something quirky or interesting that you’ve always wanted to try but never had the opportunity to. Cardiff has so many sports to choose from – and at much better prices than if you were to try the sport without going through a society.
Rock-climbing is fast becoming popular with freshers; Snowsports throw legendary gatherings, plus two unforgettable ski trips a year; Pole-sport has become the most popular sport society running; Kick-boxing is a great intense workout. The choices are endless. There’s even an Ultimate Frisbee team – what more could you want?
Once you’ve chosen something new to try, it’s important to give it a few months before you quit. You can end up really regretting not sticking at it if you quit after only a few weeks. My housemate started Pole-sport in her first year and now, two years later, she’s on the committee and still really enjoys it. Another housemate plays lacrosse every week to help him concentrate on his lectures. It’s a scientific fact that exercise helps you sleep better, focus easier and maintaining your physical fitness will ultimately make you live longer.