26 Oct 2016

Why Join a University Club or Society

Ok, so you’re sitting on the fence about joining a club or society. Maybe you’re a new student looking to make some friends, or you’ve been at University for a while and want to gain some real-world experience in student governance and volunteering.

Whichever category you fall into doesn’t really matter. With a positive attitude and willingness to help out and have fun, you can get a lot from joining a club or society. Here are the top reasons why students join a club or society:

  • To be part of a community of likeminded individuals who want to make a difference. Join others who love talking about the same subjects as you. Plus University can be stressful at times, and having the support from fellow peers may be just what you need to help you through the semester.
  • To acquire work-ready skills that you can use in your future career. Getting involved with a club or society will ensure you gain experience in volunteering, event planning, assisting with meetings and running an actual event, depending on the position you hold.
  • To have fun! Balancing study and a social life is an important aspect of your University experience. Having fun increases your learning capacity and supports you to achieve your personal and professional goals.

At the University of Newcastle, there are over 100 clubs and societies to choose from. These range from academic clubs such as Robogals Newcastle, (a group of students in the Science, Engineering and IT fields who want to promote female presence through their workshops) through to the social group called The Goonion. This club is all about making friends and having fun, despite their name, there is no pressure to drink!

If you’re into fitness, you could consider joining the Healthy Living Society. UHL strives to have things like yoga, gym sessions, camping outings, and psychology and mediation workshops.

There are many different clubs and societies to choose from, so jot down your interests and see which one fits you best. Follow the link to see the range of clubs and societies at the University of Newcastle.

So…what are you waiting for? Take the first step in contacting a club or society you’re interested in joining. Clubs and societies are eager to hear from you.

Generation Governance, UON’s free online course will help you prepare for a committee member role of a club and society, as well as teach you all about leadership and decision-making.

Good luck!