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7 things that should be on every UEA student's bucket list

PUBLISHED: 16:05 23 September 2016 | UPDATED: 09:14 24 September 2016

UEA, University of East Anglia. Picture: Supplied

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For the complete UEA experience there are certain situations that you just have to find yourself in. Here are seven things that should be on every student's bucket list.

Pull an all-nighter in the library

You haven’t experienced true solidarity until you join the reassuringly large number of other students who also left their essays or revision until the eleventh hour. The UEA library is open 24 hours a day, so you can work from sunset to sunrise to hurriedly thrash out those final thousand words.

Try student media

Unless you’re planning to pursue a career in journalism, TV or radio, university is your best opportunity to try them. The UEA is home to student newspaper Concrete, UEA TV and Livewire 1350, which are all award-winning student media outlets. They are all well funded which means you can experience professional level equipment and software without having to pay for the luxury. If you do want to work in media one day, this is the perfect springboard. Don’t worry about not being good enough, the most important step is getting started.

Get involved in politics

From political societies to student union campaigns and full-on marches through Westminster, politics is almost unavoidable at university. Despite universities having developed something of a reputation of becoming left-wing echo chambers, you should be able to find a society that matches your beliefs. The Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party all have societies at UEA.

Attend a speech by someone you disagree with

A vast array of public figures will be invited to the university throughout the year. While it’s tempting to only see the ones you agree with, hearing from the other side can be fascinating. These kinds of events usually close with a Q&A, meaning that you can directly challenge the speaker in person should you so wish. With previous speakers ranging from UKIP’s Douglas Carswell to the Greens’ Caroline Lucas, you will definitely find a guest you disagree with.

Try a sport, especially the unusual ones

Prior to university you may be bored of conventional sports, but now you’ll get to experience everything from lacrosse to Quidditch. Granted, it can be a little expensive in the context of student life, but compared the costs and lack of availability in post-university life, they’re excellent value.

Join a niche society

The legendary oddities that make up the available societies range from the genius to the bizarre. At UEA you can find slightly unusual options such as the Knitting Society or Table Football Society, or the peculiar sounding Assassins Society and Rooster Teeth society. Thankfully, rather than training students to be hitmen or avian dentists, the former is a chaotic game in which the aim is to hunt down other members of the society before shooting them with nerf guns, while the latter is devoted to an internet entertainment company.

If you can’t find a society, make one

As a student you will always be in close proximity to thousands of people. Someone among the masses will have the same interest as you, it just takes a few people being bold enough to start.

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