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Why you should join a student society at the University of Adelaide

University of Adelaide students tell their stories of what it is like to be part of a society or club at their university.

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Moving to a new country isn’t always easy. Part of the reason that it can be difficult is that you miss the things that you associate with home.

 

Now, it might be difficult to get your mum’s cooking shipped halfway across the world, but if playing sport with your mates is what gets you through a tough week, you can certainly continue that all around the world.

 

Joining a sports club or society at university is something which can help you forget about the pressures of being in a new country, and being around people who like the same things as you can make you feel like you’re part of a new family!

 

 

We’ve teamed up with the University of Adelaide to find out what their students think about joining a society…

 

David Chao

 

Bachelor of Commerce

 

South Africa

 

1. What do you study, where do you come from and what societies are you a member of?

 

I'm studying a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), I'm from SA and I'm a committee member of the Adelaide Business Students' Society (ABSS).

 

2. How has your experience in this society been? Would you say it has improved your overall student experience at Adelaide?

 

My experience in the ABSS has been great. This club aims at providing a large amount of activities for business students to participate in. From attending these events as well, I've been able to network with a large amount of people, both university students and employees of accounting/finance companies. 

 

3. How did you find out about the society?

 

I found out about the ABSS from a university friend who told me to look into the club and consider joining.

 

4. What’s your advice for international students that might be interested in joining clubs or societies at Adelaide?

 

My advice for international students is to join the clubs that they have an interest in. By doing this, they will have the motivation to actively participate in a club that they have a passion for, whilst also having the chance to network with people that have similar interests. In addition, by joining these clubs, it will also provide them with the full experience of being a university student as well.

 

Fiona Wort

 

Bachelor of Mathematics (exchange student)

 

England

 

1. What do you study, where do you come from and what societies are you a member of?

 

I study Mathematics and have come from The University of Leeds in the UK. I play for Adelaide Uni soccer club.

 

 

2. How has your experience in this society been? Would you say it has improved your overall student experience at Adelaide?

 

I've really enjoyed playing for the club. The girls and all the coaches are lovely and welcoming. They've also been really understanding about the fact I'm on exchange. They're very forgiving about the fact I want to explore the country so might not always be around, and helping me get to games and training since I don't have a car. Despite the fact I can't be around for the whole season, everyone's treating me as one of the team and I don't feel like an outsider at all. It's really helped make Adelaide feel more like home, and less of a place I'm visiting.

 

3. How did you find out about the society?

 

I knew I wanted to play soccer before I got here so I just searched around online until I found what I needed to get in contact with the club.

 

4. What’s your advice for international students that might be interested in joining clubs or societies at Adelaide?

 

I'd say do a little research before you come. I had to get an international transfer to play soccer over here and it took a long time. It was probably something I could have sorted before I arrived, and had I only been in Adelaide for a semester I would have barely played at all. Also, it's a great way to meet a bunch of locals who you wouldn't have a chance to meet otherwise, and get a better insight into the way Australians do things. 

 

Arunima

 

Bachelor of Finance

 

India (but raised in Africa)

 

1. What do you study, where do you come from and what societies are you a member of?

 

I study Bachelor of Finance at the University of Adelaide. I am originally from India but I was raised in Africa. I am part of the Harry Potter society, AIESEC organisation and Table Tennis club.

 

 

2. How has your experience in those societies been? Would you say it has improved your overall student experience at Adelaide?

 

My experience in these clubs have been amazing. Definitely has improved my student experience. I was able to grow my network and improve my communication skills, networking skills and leadership skills, which I think is very valuable.

 

3. How did you find out about the societies?

 

I found out about the clubs during Orientation week and went and joined them there and then.

 

4. What’s your advice for international students that might be interested in joining clubs or societies at Adelaide?

 

My advice to all students will be to join as many clubs and/or volunteering programs. Just doing this gives you enough experience to be able to include on your resume. It is also the best way to make new friends. Joining clubs and being an active part of it means that you have made a family away from home. 

 

 

Tayla Canton

 

Bachelor of Media

 

Australia

 

1. What do you study, where do you come from and what societies are you a member of?

 

I am undertaking a Bachelor of Media, majoring in marketing. I come from Adelaide, South Australia and I am part of the Adelaide University Engineering Society (AUES).

 

2. How has your experience in this society been? Would you say it has improved your overall student experience at Adelaide?

 

My experience has been very good – all my friends are members of the club as well so we go to the AUES O’Week Party, BBQs and pub crawl together. It has definitely improved my experience as I have been able to connect with more people and have some fun while at uni.

 

3. How did you find out about the society?

 

I found out about the AUES through my older friends who were already at university when I first started.

 

4. What’s your advice for international students that might be interested in joining clubs or societies at Adelaide?

 

I would highly recommend joining a club – it’s a great way to meet people and have a break from the studying. I would say to look into what clubs you’d want to join on the websites beforehand, and make sure you can commit to them and attend any meetings/trainings, and that it fits into your schedule. 

 

Engineering student Khizr Amir from Pakistan was also very positive about his experiences of joining clubs and societies. ““Most of the friends I have made have been either from joining clubs at The University of Adelaide or at the gym.”

 

“I joined the rowing club, I joined this club called ISIC, which is for students who want to go on cultural exchange or do internships. Also EWB, which is Engineers Without Borders, I worked for them. Then also APA (Australian Petroleum Association), then SPE…there are so many clubs. I also joined the cricket club. I joined the Indian Club as well.”

 

 

If that doesn’t get you excited about joining a society or club at the University of Adelaide, we don’t know what will!

 

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