As a postgrad student, you'll have a clear idea of why you're studying, and your student finances are probably at the forefront of your mind. Spending time away from your studies or paid employment might sometimes feel like wasted time and you can easily imagine it adding to the pressure that you are already placing on yourself. However it’s important to get involved in the postgrad student community and participate in activities away from your studies.
Here are five reasons why you should get involved with your university's student societies as a postgraduate student.
Getting away from your coursework or paid employment is a vital part of doing well in your postgraduate course. A postgraduate course is always going to be more intensive than an undergraduate one and spending good quality time away from your work means you'll be better able to refocus on your work when you return to it. It doesn't matter if it's an hour or a day away, the time your mind spends thinking about another activity will help you relax. If you join a sports society, then you'll get the added bonus of being able to sleep better and we should all know by now that a good night's sleep will help you work better the next day.
At university, networking and making friends can both happen at the same time. If you are attending an institution like a law school or agricultural college, then everyone you meet is going to be heading into a similar career path as yourself. This means that those buddies you make in the first week might become your career contacts of the future. Networking is a brilliant skill to develop and if this is your first time away from home, then learning to make new friends as an adult is a lifelong skill that will help at work and outside of it.
If you get really involved with a club or society, then you're going to learn some great transferable skills. Committees need members and groups need organisers. Learning how to organise events or transport your whole sports club to a fixture will give you valuable skills and working out how to get along with people you disagree with is another valuable skill for the workplace.
Be More Successful
Students who participate in clubs and societies are more likely to complete their studies successfully. Those students who volunteered showed the highest grades and were the most likely to complete their degrees, but the effect is felt by all students who participate in some way with their universities clubs or societies.
When you've scrimped and saved to pay for your postgraduate course and you are trying to survive for a year or more when you are no longer in full-time employment, you'll appreciate low cost or even free entertainment. Once you're a member of a club or society you'll find that you're invited to other low-cost or free events. All your club or society might need in return for this is a little bit of your time to help organise and arrange these great social occasions.