The pressure to participate

As welcome week approaches, with its festive fayre and enthusiastic leaflet-distributors, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of opportunity that is presented to you. Suddenly, you find yourself wondering if salsa dancing could be your calling and if you don’t seize the chance, whether you’ll never find purpose in life and then you see the sports teams with their cool gear and matching kits and feel the same about them. Or is it Jiu Jitsu that you’re destined for? So you sign up for all of them. Jump forward only a week later and you’re drowning in the amount of events you’re being invited to.

There’s so much pressure to take advantage of all these wonderful societies’ offers, and at the start of term it seems like everyone is; but there’s no harm in
An image of the University of Kent archery society. taking things slow. So many new opportunities will crop up during your course and just because it seems like most of them are happening during the first week doesn’t mean they’ll never come up again. So, maybe sign up for the newsletters and emails of some delightful new groups you’re eyeing and attend a couple of free sessions while you can, but it’s okay to tailor your social experiences to your existing interests and stick with An image of guitar playing students at the University of Kentthose. Inevitably, you’ll befriend people who are part of different groups, and based on their experiences you can decide whether you want to take up a new hobby or skill with them. This way, you can join in with groups you definitely know you’ll enjoy and discover new possibilities over time without being overwhelmed by them. It’s important to remember that while, yes, you’re able to broaden your horizons at university, you’re also here to learn what your passions are and to pursue them, so don’t be afraid to stick to the ones you find excite you the most.


This post is by Natcha Chirapiwat