After the year we’ve had, the importance of meaningful social connections has become apparent to every single one of us and with students back on campus, making those connections looks a lot like it did pre-pandemic. The ability to go to SULT after class, meet new people at a society event or through training with one of the clubs is an element of college life that we welcome back with open arms. Not everyone has to be your best friend for life, but forging relationships with people in your classes, or people with similar interests is a vital part of college life and will lead to a myriad of fun stories to tell down the line about what you got up to in the days of your youth. This is the importance of getting involved, be it in the union or in the variety of things available to you through the college. If you do want to meet new people you can also get involved in the union in a variety of ways, we would be more than happy to have you! You can run to be a class rep and work with your convenor throughout the year to make sure your class’s voice is heard. You can join the events crew and help our SU President Róisín organise all sorts of fun events throughout the year. Or, you can join me on the welfare crew to help me brainstorm and run events and campaigns about anything and everything welfare related. You can even run for election to be our new sustainability officer and join our team! There really is something for everyone so make sure you throw yourself into college life to get the most out of it and to make friends, it can be lonely at times and this is how you can combat that and build a support network!