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Extra-Curricular Activities to Take Part in Whilst at University

University is the time for exploring new hobbies and interests, for finding yourself and trying something new. Newcastle University offers a lot of extra-curricular activities for you to take part in, whether it is joining a new society, sport or volunteering for a good cause.

Clubs, Societies and Volunteering

At Newcastle, there is something for everyone. If it’s sports you’re looking for, you can find everything from archery to rowing. There are also campus leagues, societies from acapella to Zumba, and volunteering opportunities. There’s something new to last you your entire university life. The Students Union app gives you all the details on what, when, where and how! The Sports Centre is also an integral part in Newcastle’s extra-curricular activities. Located right outside of Park View, the newest block of University accommodation. It has a fully equipped gym, as well as dance studios and various rooms where most sports have their indoor training. These extra-curricular activities serve as a fun break from work. They are also a great way to socialise and make new friends, and they help you destress for the day to come. And that’s not all – each club and society have socials either every week or once or twice a month. This is a great way to meet new people and people either from your own course or from other courses.

Give it a Go

The University also runs a Give it a Go programme which runs throughout the academic year and basically acts as a taster session for all clubs, societies and fun activities that happen around town. This amazing programme helps you meet other people, try different things, and visit new places without having the pressure of paying a fee to join first. I have tried many of the activities they offer and have ended up taking part in activities I never thought I would have the opportunity to try! I’ve been surfing, made bath bombs, tried karate, and played badminton. One of my favourite spots in the city has now become the dog café which I discovered after a Give it a Go session. The coffee is great, and the dogs are adorable. If you want to explore the area further, there are frequent tours conducted by the Ludgren Tour Group to various cities and places, taking you sightseeing and travelling, for the adventurous.

My Experience

I am part of a few clubs and societies. I’ve stuck to what I know as well as explored my adventurous side. I am currently the secretary of the Economics Society. This position has given me an understanding of the responsibilities needed in running a society and I believe that the skills I have gained will prepare me for my future in the workplace. I have also been a part of the Theatre Society and learned a lot of different acting styles and the process of organising a play. I am also a part of the Running Club, and this has given me the space to increase my fitness level at my own pace and helps clear my head when I am swamped with work. All in all, I believe that it has greatly improved my lifestyle by taking part in these activities.

Conclusion

In conclusion, some of the benefits of taking part in extra-curricular activities include:

  • Meeting new people and making new friends
  • Allowing you to destress
  • Learning a new skill
  • Finding a new hobby
  • Increasing your fitness level
  • Exploring more of Newcastle
  • Getting the best out of the University experience

Newcastle offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities, that are open to everyone. It is rare that you get to try out anything you want and that is exactly the space you’re given here at Newcastle. Another plus side is you can mention it on your CV. The skills and confidence you gain from these activities and your personal experience are invaluable. I hope you take full advantage of these and thoroughly enjoy your university experience!

Find out more about the Newcastle Student’s Union.

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