28 August 2015
University may seem like a daunting experience and in some ways it is, but being part of a society can make it seem much less so. They can also offer an easier transition into university life as you’ll probably be in the same boat as a couple of other students in a society. They’re a lovely way to meet new people who share common interests with you and can really expand your social circle. They’re a great way to get into something new, especially if you don’t know where to start learning about it.
As I mentioned in my introductory post, I’m part of the Society of Anime, Socialising and Gaming (or SASG). The society has been so welcoming and it’s certainly helped me come out of my shell. We have two meetings a week, one for anime and one for gaming. On a Monday we watch different animes and a Thursday we play games on the WiiU and the Xbox 360. We tried running both at the same time, but as you can imagine, it didn’t work out too well. Apart from that we also make trips to London MCM Comic Con in both October and May and we’ve started making trips to EGX Rezzed in March! We also do Christmas (often with a secret Santa theme going) and end-of-year meals. We have a couple of events planned for the coming year that we can hopefully get approved for the Students’ Union to run.
At the end of April there’s the SU Awards dinner for societies and members of said societies that have been nominated. It’s a very formal event, but it does have an after-party, which is a lot of fun! It also brings all three campuses together to celebrate everyone’s achievements. SASG do have several other events in the works, but until we get more information sorted for that, you’re going to have to keep your eyes peeled.
I’ve been voted in as the vice president and the head of anime for the next academic year, which is a completely new experience for me: running a society takes a lot of preparation! That’s not to say that it’s not worth it, though, because I sincerely hope that it’s going to be. The first thing we’ve been preparing is Freshers’ week. It’s the most important time for a society because it allows you to try and get any new students that are coming to study on the campus to sign up to the society. Granted, we’re a niche market, but considering that gaming (and anime to some extent) is becoming more and more popular, we could get a number of members in those few hours!
From what I’ve heard from other members, SASG has grown a lot in the past year. Last year they only had a handful of members, now we have well over 20 of them. It may not seem like a lot, but it does make a difference. We hope to increase those numbers in the coming years.