How many societies should I join at uni?

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    I've so far joined 3 societies and I don't know whether I should join this 4th one on tonight. I don't want to overwhelm myself with too many things - I did that last year and it was really awful for my already poor mental health - and the three socs I've joined all involve performance/competition of some sort so that'll keep me busy and I'm also doing a joint degree, one of the subjects I've never studied so I'm worried I'll be behind on that... I know I probably should to meet more people and better my opportunities, but I'm worried it'll be too much... Thoughts? Advice?
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    The temptation is to join absolutely everything, but of course there's just not enough hours in the day to do everything you want to. My advice is to join several that you're interested in, try to go along to each of them to decided which you like the most and then devote more time to one or two.
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    I've so far joined 3 societies and I don't know whether I should join this 4th one on tonight. I don't want to overwhelm myself with too many things - I did that last year and it was really awful for my already poor mental health - and the three socs I've joined all involve performance/competition of some sort so that'll keep me busy and I'm also doing a joint degree, one of the subjects I've never studied so I'm worried I'll be behind on that... I know I probably should to meet more people and better my opportunities, but I'm worried it'll be too much... Thoughts? Advice?
    3 is enough, you can always leave any of them because personally I do not recommend going with more than 4
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    I joined about 4 in my final year but I only went to 1 in the end.

    You'll find that some of the societies are boring or not that active so don't expect to be doing something for all 4 socities.
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    (Original post by HazMusicPanda)
    I've so far joined 3 societies and I don't know whether I should join this 4th one on tonight. I don't want to overwhelm myself with too many things - I did that last year and it was really awful for my already poor mental health - and the three socs I've joined all involve performance/competition of some sort so that'll keep me busy and I'm also doing a joint degree, one of the subjects I've never studied so I'm worried I'll be behind on that... I know I probably should to meet more people and better my opportunities, but I'm worried it'll be too much... Thoughts? Advice?
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    It's down to your as a person. Some students can juggle their course and a lot of societies, some can't juggle their course and any societies. If you feel you can do it and have the time to do it, then that's up to you. However, like you said, you struggled when you overwhelmed yourself last year so maybe it's a sign to step back and put more time into your course and not dedicate to much of your free time to societies, I'd say three is plenty!

    Good luck!
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    It's good to try out many different societies to see which ones suit you best and which activities/ people you bond with the most. However, after this initial "try-out" stage you should be careful to really limit them, especially in your 2nd/3rd year when the workload becomes heavier. I would recommend to commit to only 2, although you can attend more sporadically when they have special events.
 
 
 
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