With the semester halfway done and the days of online society events firmly in the past, arguably the most exciting aspect of society life is back: trips away.
Whatever society you are involved in, it’s likely that at some point you will get to go somewhere outside of Dublin and outside of UCD to socialise, take part in an activity or compete. During my time in UCD I have been lucky enough to travel with the Law Society and the L&H to debating competitions, but more on that later.
Going away with your new friends is a great opportunity. With societies like Harry Potter society holding an annual trip to London, and the History Society organising educational getaways in Ireland and abroad there is something for everyone.
If going abroad is something you’re interested in, this year the French Society plans on going to Brussels – which is a great chance to put into practice the language skills you may have developed over the academic year with them.
If giving back is more up your street, then doing the annual SciSoc cycle for charity to Galway may be something to keep an eye out for. With thousands of euros being raised every year, and a great chance to meet people from all across the science disciplines it has always been a highlight of the year.
If you are looking to compete, then getting involved in Chess Soc, the I&E, the L&H, LawSoc or the SLS may be for you. With MUN taking the I&E to New York, the L&H and LawSoc regularly travelling to debate and the SLS participating in Negotiation competitions you won’t run out of opportunities to hone your public speaking skills.
Last year DramSoc not only went to the ISDA’s but dominated, and ended up heading to Edinburgh for the fringe festival.
There is so much going on every week in UCD societies, but the importance of keeping an eye out for what can be the highlight of a society’s year and the highlight of yours can’t be understated!