6 Societies You May Have Missed At The Freshers’ Fayre
It’s a brand new semester, and what better way to start the year than making small talk with a horde of unfamiliar people who like vaguely the same hobby as you? Whether you want to try a new sport, make new friends, or find an activity that fills the gaping hole that Comparative Literature will leave in your CV, St Andrews has a society for you! Here are a couple of our personal favourites that you might have overlooked at the Fresher’s Fayre and Sports Sign-Up.
Golf, from the Gaelic goel lyffe (‘golf’), is a traditional Scottish sport that was invented in the past. Although never reaching the worldwide fame of more popular local sports such as Shinty and Swamp Football, golf still has a small yet devoted following in parts of Scotland, including here in St Andrews. Golf is played in teams of one, and works a bit like baseball crossed with snooker. Why not give it a try while you’re here?
“I’m really glad I had the chance to try the Golfs!” – Bradley, 2nd year Maths & Discriminatory Physics, 3rd Hole on Golf B Team
St Andrew’s Brexit Society:
Building on the success of last April’s Midnight Brexit Rally in the Morrison’s car park, the St Andrews student chapter of the Brexit Party is hoping to expand further this year, by hosting weekly brunch meet-ups (‘Brexfasts’), boycotting the Model United Nations, and plans to start a campaign for St Andrews’ independence from the rest of Scotland (‘Stanxit’). All ages and several ethnicities welcome!
“Democracy is under threat! Make sure you underline that.” – Emma, 4th year Intranational Relations, Brexit Society Shadow Chancellor
Woke Upper-Middle Class Students Who Feel Kinda Guilty About Stuff:
Not entirely sure where your political convictions lie, but have the general impression that things are pretty bad right now? WUMCSWFKOGAS is the place for you! Guest speakers this year are rumoured to be including some guy who did volunteer PE teaching in Uganda for a few weeks, and a ‘nice vegan’.
“I mean, I’m socially liberal.” – Tom Jr, 4th year Paranormal Geology, WUMCSWFKOGAS Treasurer
St Andrews has a thriving musical community, and is always on the lookout for new talent. SAKO is one of the longest-running groups and over the years has performed in the Usher Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, and most audibly the alley behind Tesco.
“FFFZZZZOOOOOOOOOOO” – Maddy, 3rd year Herbalism & Taxidermy, SAKO first alto chair
If you’re not that into the student drinking culture and would prefer to do something a little more relaxed in the evenings, you might enjoy joining the dreaded ring-wraiths bound in eternal servitude to the Dark Lord Sauron! The Nazgûl are a chill, friendly club that will support you during your time at university and long after. Heads-up – admission can be quite costly.
“Ash nazg thrakatulûk agh burzum-ishi krimpatul.” – The Witch-king of Angmar, 4409th year Art History
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By Daisy Price