Whilst abroad, joining societies, or clubs as we often call them back home, is a great way to 1) get involved at your host campus 2) make new friends and 3) improve your skills in a variety of areas!
But don’t just take our word for it. This past spring, UCEAP Ireland student Adrianne Blackwood joined University College Dublin’s Musical Society and here’s what she had to say about her experience:
“MusicalSoc (short for Musical Society) is an organisation for students who love to sing, no matter the level of experience. Whether you know every musical by heart or whether you’ve never sung in public before, you’ll feel welcomed and included from the very first rehearsal.
Joining MusicalSoc has been the highlight of my time at UC Dublin. Rehearsals are relaxed and full of spontaneity, more about having a good time and singing with friends than about getting every note right—but the shows still end up being amazingly good anyway! Participating in “The Freshers’ Thingy”—a musical variety show that was cast, rehearsed, and performed in under a week—was great craic and gave me the chance to get to know the other new members. I was also one of the performers in this year’s Vocal Group Showcase which involved a few flash-mobs, some face-painting, and learning how to sing the Swahili chant in “The Circle of Life” from The Lion King. MusicalSoc is an insane amount of fun and is the source of some of my best experiences while studying abroad.”
–Adrianne Blackwood, UCEAP Ireland student
Thanks for sharing, Adrianne!
Our partner university, University College Dublin, offers over 70 student societies! From Jazz to Juggling, there really is something for everyone! What societies will you try whilst abroad?