I didn’t join many societies whilst I was at school, but if there were events run on campus for students then I tried to attend these to get involved in the non-academic life. Lots of my free time was spent developing relationships in the art world. There were many galleries that Professors of mine had links with, and so it was really cool as I could submit my artwork and gain experience with how to set up an exhibit, how to conduct reception parties. I remember the first time I was able to see the fruits of my labor presented to an audience with Professor Chapin: that was a really cool moment for me, as an artist and a student. The comradery of creating these exhibits with other students removed some of the pressure of being a sole artist, and it was crucial (I think) for my development as I could learn and make errors without the stress brought about by it being your career or a source of income. I definitely made friends for life during that time.
As a hobby, I played violin whilst at college and that helped me to expand my horizons and meet more people too. I remember there was a charity event held and a friend of mine who played piano and I did a concert together. I’m realizing most of my pursuits are creative, but I joined an amateur orchestra for a couple of years and this was a hobby I wanted to continue. I love music, it made me happy, and I was glad to be able to keep up such an important part of my life in the United States.