University’s experience is vastly about social integration. The number of groups, clubs, and societies you can join is almost overwhelming, and it gives you a one-of-a-kind opportunity to unravel your yet unexplored passions.
Or at least it used to be this way before the world had closed, and the ‘old-school’ socials became abstract. During this year, most societies had to rebrand themselves to be fully online. How did they take care of making their members feel as engaged as in the pre-pandemic times?
The head of the Feminist Society, Zara (21), tells us how her society have managed to thrive in a lockdown reality.
Switching to fully online meetings forced us all to become Microsoft Teams specialists. As Zara recalls the first online session, “I didn’t understand how teams worked, and no one could get into the session! But we soon got to grips with it all.”
But technical skills were just one of many challenges for societies this year. The big question remained: how to make members participate in those online events? As it turns out, social media and creative emails are the way to go.
When meeting online, the flow of the discussion may be less ‘organic’ than in offline situations. It can trigger social anxiety in many people (myself included!). How to spark up a discussion then, being mindful of everyone’s comfort zone?
But all of that would not be possible if it wasn’t for the work and passion of the committee itself. Having to flip their operations upside down, how did the heads of Fem Soc stay motivated throughout the year?
Joining societies gives you a chance to meet people that think and feel alike. Most importantly, however, it is where your values and contributions are always cherished, and where your personal growth has a chance to flourish.
To find out what societies UoL has to offer, visit here.