“Starting university can sometimes be an overwhelming experience.” Why joining a Students’ Union society can help.

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Our guest blog post this week is from Vittoria Moresco, English Society President.

Starting University can sometimes be an overwhelming experience and, especially in your first year, the options surrounding you are so many it might be hard to know where to start at first.

Being involved in the English Society, as committee member and as president, really gave me a sense of belonging, providing me with a platform that helped me figure out my next steps while also making me more confident in the way I communicate and interact with people. It is a great opportunity to develop skills, such as event management, teamwork, public speaking and leadership, which might not be as necessary to your academic life, but will turn out to be essential once you leave University.

I am now in my third year, which means I will soon graduate, and knowing I can record my work with the English Society on HEAR will allow me to take with me a part of the identity I built during my University experience. Grades are not enough to convey your personality, your values and your potential, but having the possibility to record your extracurricular achievements will contribute to giving a clearer idea of who you are to your future employer.

I would suggest anyone to get involved in activities outside of their degree and, in particular, to get involved in the English Society.

“Our purpose is to create a platform that might help students interact with each other on different levels, while exploring their creativity and learning more about their opportunities for the future.”

The English Society is one of the biggest and most active societies within Goldsmiths. Established with our students in mind, we aim to provide our members with a wide variety of academic, social, creative and networking events. Our purpose is to create a platform that might help students interact with each other on different levels, while exploring their creativity and learning more about their opportunities for the future.

We host events such as pub socials, career panels, academic and creative writing readings in collaboration with the ECL Department, and our famous Sinners’ Club, but we are always working in order to bring new ideas to the table and really value our members’ input in order to explore new possibilities.

“Sinners Club is a supportive, judgement free event for students to showcase their work to other students… It is a great opportunity for students to explore their creativity outside of their academic lives.”

At least once a term we hold a student led reading evening known as ”Sinners Club.” Sinners’ Club is a supportive, judgement free event for students to showcase their work to other students in a relaxed environment, which includes free wine and snacks, candles and music. We welcome poets, fiction writers, playwrights, or performers. We love the range and variety of readings and performances and always encourage new readers to join us. It is a great opportunity for students to explore their creativity outside of their academic lives. In 2015/16, we explored new themes for Sinners’ Club, such as “Sinners’ Cub goes to Church”, which was hosted in St. James’s Hatcham Church accompanied by chocolate fondue, live music, candles, fairy lights, and our notorious confession box. In May 2016 we hosted a tropical themed Sinners’ Club to celebrate the end of summer term, and we will be working on new and fun themes in 2016/17.

“If you are in your first or second year and you are interested in having more responsibility and covering a role that can be recorded on your HEAR, keep your eyes on our Facebook group for updates about our committee applications!”

In November, applications will open for new committee members, because as much as we would love to, once in our final year we won’t be able to participate as much. If you are in your first or second year and you are interested in having more responsibility and covering a role that can be recorded on your HEAR, keep your eyes on our Facebook group for updates about our committee applications! We are always looking for enthusiastic and reliable people, and that could certainly be you.

For more information, email vmore002@gold.ac.uk or join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/Goldeclsociety/

Find out more about the HEAR on learn.gold

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