By Céline Perodeaud, France – Bachelor of Arts (Politics, Asian Studies & International Relations) at Griffith University, Nathan campus.
Join a Student Club – It’s One of the Best Way to Make Friendship, Have Fun and Develop your Personal and Professional abilities…
When I first arrived at Griffith University in February 2009, I must admit that I was a little lost and completely overwhelmed by visa, bank, phone and accommodation issues. However, I managed to get through it thanks to the support of great friends that I met at Griffith. Friends, I believe, are essential components to succeed in your studies as you feel that you have someone to rely on, to talk to, someone you can have fun with and entertain yourself, someone who can help you integrate, give you advise and so on. As such, social networks and friendships are very important as they produce an environment of support and confidence more likely to bring about positive academic results.
Students Clubs at Griffith University are the best way to start with if you want to meet people who share the same interest as you, make friends from all over the world and have hips of fun. There is a range of clubs available at Griffith University:
- Political and Educational such as “Griffith University Climate Action Group”, “Griffith Business Student Association”, “Golden Key International Society”, “Griffith University Law Society – GULS”, “United Nation Student Association (UNSA)”.
- Recreational, social and cultural such as “Campus Cultural Association”, “Griffith University Latin America Club (GULAC)”, “Japan Club”, “Korean Society”, “Saudi Student Association”, “ Sri Lankan Students”.
- Religious such as “Campus Christian Movement”, “Logos Chinese Christian Club”, “Muslim Students Association”.
- Sporting such as “Badminton Club”, “Baseball Club”, “Karate and Kickboxing Club”, “Rugby League Club (Griffith Dragons)”, “Cricket Club”, “Bushwalking Society”.
Moreover, joining a club can also have positive impacts on your personal and professional attributes.
Indeed, many clubs are set up to broaden your interest in a domain, raise awareness, improve your management and leadership skills through campaigning for causes (e.g: global warming, Human Rights etc) as well as improving your communication skills through debates, public speaking, social and academic events which take place in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. Also, clubs can promote and facilitate networking amongst students, lecturers and industries and provide members the opportunity to develop advantageous connections.
Mor Ben Atar, who is a student in International Relations and member of the United Nation Student Association (UNSA), said that joining the club had been a very good and interesting experience as it had enabled her to learn, develop herself, interact with other students and expand her interest in her studies.
Club membership may require a small fee, but not always.
Clubs hold numerous, varied and frequent activities and events. For example:
The Griffith University Business Students’ Association (GBSA) has held events such as “GBSA Jocks & Nerds Party”, the ” End of Year Ball 2010” and the “Hawaiian Party cruise” (social interaction) as well as the ‘Business / Commerce Textbook Exchange Fair “ (academic and economic aim through selling second hand books).
The Golden Key International Society has had community services events such as the Golden Key clean up Australia Day on Hope Island. The Latin Club has held social and cultural events such as Latin dance nights in a Latin pub in the city, movie nights etc…
These events are always lots of fun and represent a good way to meet people, make friendship and develop both professional and personal skills.
Joining a club is as easy and effective. All you have to do is visit – www.griffith.edu.au/clubs – pick the club or clubs that interest you the most and send an e-mail to the group-convenor (who is, in most cases, a student at Griffith Uni).
I would also advise you to add Clubs at Griffith as friend on facebook to be aware of all the different Griffith University Clubs’ events that are going on and you find most clubs on facebook anyway, so you can contact them by sending them a direct message on facebook or by sending a friend request or writing on their wall.
The complete list of the Griffith University Clubs is available on www.griffith.edu.au/clubs. And remember that you have nothing to lose and many things to gain such as true friends, professional connections and skills development.
- United Nation Student Association (UNSA)
- Latin American Club
- Golden Key International Honor Society
- Golden Key International Honor Society – Clean up Australia Day- Hope Island.
- Griffith Business Student’s Association