I got so much out of the EEE society that I decided to run for President

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EEE undergraduate student
MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Sam shares how getting involved with societies has not only been great for his social life but also enhanced his degree and helped him to plan his career.

I first developed an interest in electronics at GCSE, I bought an Arduino starter kit and went from there! When it came to deciding on a course for University it felt natural to choose electronics as a lot of the projects I had done throughout GCSE and A Level had been heavily electronics based and its where my passion for engineering comes from.

Sheffield is a fantastic city. There is always a real buzz and so much going on around the University and city centre. The city is also very green and there are plenty of open spaces that make it a nice environment to live in.

In the 2017/2018 academic year I was involved with the EEE Society, Gaming Society (SLUG Soc) and the Avalon ROV Group. I got involved in the EEE Society as I was interested in meeting other members of my course and going on the Industrial trips that they had on offer. I played video games for a lot of my childhood so it felt natural to be part of a society that had regular meetings to play games and meet like-minded people. I got involved in Avalon ROV as extra-curricular engineering projects were one of the big draws to University for me and it sounded like a really interesting project that would give me some additional engineering experience. Societies like SLUG Soc allow for you to meet new people, make friends and relax after a long week at University. It's important to have things to do other than your course so that you don't burn yourself out.

The EEE Society provides social events and a chance to meet new people, but also enhances your degree through Industrial Visits and workshops. It's a great way of gaining a perspective on where your degree can take you and helps you to decide what you want to do after University.

I decided to run for President as I got so much out of the society in the first year and felt it would be great to give back and help improve the society for future members. Avalon ROV is fantastic as it allows you to use skills and knowledge that you have learnt on your course and apply them in a real context, this helps you to learn and gives you an insight into what you are learning and what it can be used for.

There are monetary benefits that all societies provide, which are extremely useful for students. It gives you the opportunity to attend events such as Paintballing and Bowling which you may not be able to afford so easily on a student budget. But aside from this it allows you to develop friendships and be a part of the wonderful community around EEE at the University. There are plenty of fantastic people doing brilliant things around the University and society provides a great avenue to access these people and things."

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