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5 Reasons To Join a Committee

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Over the course of your time at University, you’ll have the chance to get involved with societies, to go to socials, or play sports, meet new people and try new things.

Around this time of year, societies have their AGMs (Annual General Meetings), where they discuss the society and whether or not changes can be made by the committee members to ensure that members have the best possible experience. At these meetings, societies usually advertise for places on the next year’s committee.

I joined the RockSoc exec committee in my first year, and it’s a massive part of my university life. There are many advantages to joining the executive committee of a society you love, and I’m here to give you 5 reasons why you should!

It looks great on your CV.

As much of a cliché as it might be, being on an exec committee really does make you stand out; you can show potential employers that not only have you gotten involved in the social opportunities provided at University, but that you’re willing to take on a position of responsibility voluntarily.

There’s something for everyone.

Whether you’re a financial whizz, great with computers, a natural leader or just passionate about a society, from Treasurer to President to Social Secretary, you’re sure to find a committee position that’ll tickle your fancy.

You’ll make some great friends.

When you’re on the executive committee for a society, you’re basically entering into a big dysfunctional family – the people you hang out and plan events with become your close friends, because nothing makes you bond quite like the ups and downs of committee life.

You have a chance to make your mark.

You have three years of university; once you’re gone, you’re gone, and it’s up to you to see if you can leave something behind – whether that’s starting new society traditions, helping others have a great time at events, or just making your time at university legendary.

It’s really rewarding.  

There’s nothing better than having a social go swimmingly, after weeks of planning and hard work. In my first year, RockSoc’s annual music festival ‘Rockstock’ was one of these moments – at the end of the night, having raised pots of money for S.O.P.H.I.E, and seeing that everyone had had a brilliant day, and helping the happy bands load their gear, I felt as though I’d been a part of something amazing, and it felt great.

So, if there’s a society you love at university, make sure you don’t just stand on the sidelines.

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