The first thing that comes to mind after getting accepted by your dream university in your desired field is “what extracurricular activities will I be able to join alongside my studies?” There is no need to worry because at METU, Cyprus there are a lot of amazing societies.
These societies help first-year students be active on campus and explore different hobbies and activities alongside other students. Being a part of these societies allows students to get accustomed to the campus and the new environmen. In addition, they offer a great opportunity for first-year students to increase their social circle and make new friends.
Why you should join societies while at college?
When I first joined METU NCC and started with the semester, I found myself bored at times when I didn’t have anything to do. So, I decided to join the Astronomy Society. To be honest, I love astronomy and wanted to meet with other enthusiasts, as well. Looking back now, it was honestly a great decision. The Astronomy Society was new and had a few members, but we did a lot of events that semester.
We went stargazing at some point outside the campus and even moon gazing at another. We also researched upcoming astronomical events and planned events accordingly. Last semester, we even invited an astronaut from the Ankara campus for a lecture at our campus. It was a very enlightening and fun experience.
That’s why student societies have lots to offer, and I highly recommend new students to join one.
What are the types of societies at METU NCC?
As I mentioned, there are LOTS of societies on our campus that organize many activities and events for people with diverse hobbies and interests. Some of these societies even provide members and participants with certificates and prizes.
Now you might be wondering what societies can I join then? Well let me give you a few examples of the possibilities.
There is the Kitchen Society if you would like to learn how to cook healthy meals for yourself. There is also the International Student Association (ISA), if you want to take on leadership roles and help organize major events on campus- such as the Annual Food Fest, METU Got Talent, and the Spring Fest- then this is the society for you. However, there is a huge demand to join and entry is based on an interview but don’t worry, everyone is very welcoming and friendly.
Moreover, there is the Problem-Solving Society (PSS) and it’s currently the most active and creative society on campus. They organize big competitions and many challenging events. For example, they host puzzle-like games and invite students to come and solve the puzzles in teams. The winning team wins a unique present.
In short there are a variety of societies (up to 82 societies running on campus) and every society has a different role and function. Each society hosts different events and provides participants with unique and memorable experiences.
College will surprise you in a variety of ways. It is an exciting time where you will learn so much about the world, other individuals, and most importantly, yourself. So, make the most out of it!
How can I join societies at METU NCC?
If you are interested in joining, I advise you to keep an eye for different recruitment posters around campus or on the university Facebook group to join one.
If you would like to know what other societies are running on campus and their contact information, please click on the link here.
If you would like to know more about fun stuff you can do at METU, Cyprus, I would encourage you to read this amazing blog!
Thanks for reading!