Freshers’ Week is one of the most exciting opening weeks of the UCD calendar. It not only creates a great buzz around campus, but is the true beginning of college integration and can really help freshers find their feet when they get involved with a society that fully immerses themselves in the same interests as theirs. With over 80 societies to choose from, the freshers tent will be sure to cover all interests. As well as societies, registration will be available for all sports clubs. From rugby to skiing, hurling to ninjutsu, there are over 50 sports clubs to sign up to for the year ahead. Many societies gain huge membership and have a full calendar of events over the term.

Horse Racing Society: The HRS is a relatively new society, but it hasn’t stopped them becoming one of the most active. Auditor Laura McAteer has ensured that this year will be its best yet, with trips to Cheltenham, The Prix de l’arc de Triomph in Paris and regular yard trips and member deals for irish horse racing tickets. You’re guaranteed to have a lot of fun and to make a close knit group of friends from this society.

Musical Society: MusicSoc was established in 2009 as a sister society of Dramsoc, and they have certainly made their mark. Previous shows include Grease, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods to name a few. With great staging and professionalism, this society is wonderful for any creative students.

Dance Society: Dance Society could be described as one of the most vibrant societies on campus. It has exploded in popularity despite its youth, with weekly classes in all styles, regular performances and the intervarsity competitions for its three crews, Fusion, Hip Hop and Irish Dancing who are regular winners. Dance Soc caters for every level, and is full of friendly faces who really familiarise themselves with the members. Whether you want a few beginners classes or are crew level, you won’t want to miss being a part of it.

Commerce & Economics: The Commerce and Economics society is one of the oldest and well known societies in UCD, now in its 105th session. C&E Soc is a far more broad society than you may perceive.Students from every discipline are involved. They are probably most notable for their Iron Stomach competition at the beginning of the year, and of course the annual Comm Ball. They are constantly producing events over the year, and have gained a high status for a reason.

Literary & Historical Society: The L&H founded in 1854, is UCDs largest and most established  society. The L&H are most notable for their incredible guest speakers and fiery debates, including the UCD vs Trinity colours debate. The L&H are regularly host interesting  events and is certainly not just for those with an interest in debating.

Law Soc: Law Soc is another society that boasts brilliant guest speakers, such as Bob Geldof. The society are big on promoting mooting and debating competitions. If you have a flair for public speaking, this society is definitely the one for you.

Holly Lloyd – Arts & Events Editor