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Societies, the area of university life that gives you the chance to explore an extracurricular activity which has absolutely no relevance or connection to your chosen subject. Thank god for that, without them I would go mad. You presented with the opportunity to broaden your horizons without having to worry about coursework or exams, you can just enjoy this new subject and give it as much or as little time as you like. Societies are also an excellent way of socialising at the end of a hard day, with most societies offering socials or extra events that go beyond their primary focus. Whilst there are of course, many societies at Lancaster which relate to specific courses or aims – i.e. the Law society or one of our many language clubs – there are also a fair few which have unique themes that you should definitely try out!
The Ultimate Frisbee society is one for anyone who finds themselves with too much excess energy, or anybody hoping to improve their physical fitness and doesn’t mind looking like Kermit the Frog on speed whilst they do it. The Ultimate Frisbee society play indoors and outdoors multiple times a week, and is even played competitively throughout the year. The main aim of the game is to score points by catching the Frisbee in the opponent’s end zone; players can’t run whilst holding the disk therefore they must rely on passing to their team-mates in order to move the Frisbee up-field without it being intercepted by the opposing team.
The Harry Potter society is another unique addition to the university’s social arena, with an up-to-date website which blogs regularly about their achievements, and the occasional moment of Harry Potter appreciation you can’t doubt this society’s dedication. Anybody who loves Potter is actively encouraged to join and warmly welcomed, with a fantastic array of socials and brilliant Potter puns, it’s difficult to resist getting “stupefied” with this society. There are many HP twists in their events, such as Pub Quidditch and Horcrux hunts, inviting members to join their magical atmosphere.
Lancaster University Pole Fitness society is another one which should not be overlooked. Pole fitness is a relatively new society which offers a chance to get toned and fit whilst meeting other people with similar aims. Pole fitness has become increasingly popular over the last few years around Britain and is being described by some as the new “football for women”, so it’s definitely about time that Lancaster joined the craze. Lessons are held weekly and the rumour is it quickly becomes addictive, which is precisely what you want with any fitness class/unique past-time.
The 20 Minutes society should definitely be taken note of at Freshers’ Fair this year for its liberating approach to life. If you want a break from the stresses of university life and you want to meet new people and try new things, the 20 Minute society is for you. They run a variety of weekly socials for you to participate in, which allows you to collect points and compete in competitions that run on a termly basis.
Last but not least, we have the Freefall society. Skydiving is epic (I can say so, I’ve done it) and is great fun. Whether you only plan on doing it once or you’re an adrenaline junkie, skydiving is something that features on almost everybody’s bucket list so it’s definitely worth a go. You never know, you might discover a new favourite hobby. Members of the society have described it as a fantastically exhilarating experience and is perfect for anyone who wants to make the sky their playground.
Whatever you choose, be it a crazy new hobby or to explore your journalistic flair by writing for SCAN, most societies at Lancaster have their own Facebook pages and will be present at Freshers’ Fair during the week. You can also find out about more societies on the Lancaster University website.