7 reasons to join a club or society
So, it’s finally time to get back onto campus! And, what better way to start your university experience (again) than with Clubs Week? From 27 to 31 of July, ActivateUTS will be running in-person and online events highlighting all the clubs and societies you can join, giving you the opportunity to meet and make new friends!
At UTS, students have access to over 160 different clubs that are dedicated to levelling-up your uni experience. You can check out all of Activate’s upcoming events and stay in the loop to make sure you’re making the most out of your time as a UTS student. The best way to do this is by immersing yourself into the ‘uni life’.
What’s ‘uni life’, you ask?
When you’re new to uni, it can seem overwhelming to know where to start, especially when there seems to be so many options available. Adjusting to a new routine while also trying to make friends can feel a little isolating, (does anyone else go straight home after class because you’re unsure what else you’re meant to do?)
Something that makes all of that a little easier is finding people to support you when uni gets tough. (Here’s something you may not know: our clubs and societies are created and run by students that were, once upon a time, completely new to the UTS student life, too.)
So, here are seven reasons why you should join a club or society:
1. You get to meet and make friends who share the same interests you do
There's a huge variety of clubs and societies at UTS that it’d be close to impossible to find one doesn’t spark an interest. Are you a dog lover? Look no further than the Dog Society! Or if you’re passionate about the environment, why not try EcoSoc and join one of their terrarium workshops or possibly a weekend hike in the future (fingers crossed)? And, if you’re already a member, you can always join another club.
2. It’s a great way to take a break from your studies and participate in social events
With on-campus events slowly making a comeback, we’re hoping to start seeing some regular events around campus. The Food Appreciation Society runs free food stalls you don’t want to miss (sausage sizzle lunch or waffles for breakfast anyone?). Off-campus, clubs like Intents are your go-to for weekend trips, roasting marshmallows and meeting people who love the outdoors.
3. Expand your horizons and get some practical experience in areas that are different to what you’re studying
Have an interest in programming? Gain experience in the world of information technology over at ProgSoc or check out the Consulting Club for hands-on experience in offering consulting services to start ups and small businesses (pretty cool, hey?).
4. Develop professional experience and build leadership skills (and add it to your resume!)
There’s no better way to impress an employer than to show you’re willing to get involved, work hard and gain skills outside the classroom. Every club has club executives that help organise events, look after their social media, manage finances and partake in making sure the club runs smoothly. Getting into one of these positions is a great way to build business experience for your resume. So, if you’re looking at getting into marketing, being the marketing director for a club is a great way to start. There are so many opportunities to get involved and work your way up to an executive position.
Take a look at UTSoC for example! This would be a great place to start for anyone studying a communications degree. If you are keen to get involved socially and gain practical experience, keep an eye out for their yearly opportunities to join their exec team.
If you’re wanting to upskill as a woman in the workforce, Kick Your Heels Off can show you how to build confidence with networking and connect you to industry professionals. There’s also the Law Students’ Society, which is great for anyone who’s looking to learn more about the educational, vocational and social needs of law students.
5. Get physical, in fun (and socially distanced) ways
Still disappointed you never got that Hogwarts letter? Yeah, me too. But, don’t worry, the Quidditch Society has your back. Learn to play a muggles version of Quidditch and get involved in their social competitions and events throughout the year. Harry Potter not your thing? Build those muscles and become stronger by lifting some weights with Barbell UTS. Maybe you’re in need of a creative outlet like dance? Hiphop is a great way to learn some new dance moves and exercise at the same time.
Did you know UTS has a long history of sporting success? Team UTS dominates the university intervarsity circuit each year, winning the overall champions title in 2016 and 2017. UTS also supports over 300 up and coming sporting stars via the UTS Elite Athlete Program each year, as they complete their studies. Go UTS!
6. Develop new interests, hobbies and skills
Always wanted to volunteer but don’t know where to start? How does travelling through regional Australia sound? Over at The Big Lift, you can meet students who are passionate about volunteering. Their trips take you to regional towns where you can lend a helping hand, meet some locals and create real change in small communities (like planting 500 trees or building some train tracks). If you’re an aspiring photographer, check out PhotoSoc. They hold workshops, photo walks and can help you move your Instagram from zero to 100 in no time.
7. Meet people from other degrees and expand your network
Networking. You’ll hear a lot about this during your time at uni, and what better way to network than to attend fun social events? UTS cultural clubs like the Pakistan Society or Italian Society are great clubs to join if you want to meet other local students from your cultural background. Or, if you’re an international student wanting to experience local social events, the Exchange and Study Abroad Club provides experiences unique to Australia.
Want to know more?
Find the clubs or societies that suit you at activateuts.com.au/clubs