Clubs and Societies supported by the Unicentre are one of the best ways in which students can develop friendships and a sense of belonging whilst studying at the University of Wollongong.
Currently, there are over 60 Unicentre clubs or societies operating at the University of Wollongong, and the number continues to rise with more and more niche interests being catered to.
The social benefits of joining a club are extensive and so too are the benefits from a business perspective. Networking is seen as one of the most important aspects of an undergraduate’s degree.
“’Getting your foot in the door’ could be as easy as having a coffee with the person who’s going to set an internship up for you.” Law and Communications undergraduate, Erin Fouracre said.
Fouracre joined the Law Society hoping to connect more with her fellow classmates, however came away with so much more.
“It just so happened that one of the members worked part-time at a Law Firm in Sydney and she put in a good word for me.” Fouracre adds.
Having come away with a lasting friendship and an internship opportunity, Fouracre isn’t the only one benefiting from joining a club.
Ash Phthalo, a creative arts major at UOW explains his reasons for joining the ‘Queer Collective,” a division of WUSA that supports the gay community on campus.
“I love to volunteer to help out my queers.” Phthalo said.
Currently set-up outside the UOW library, Ash and his team members Jacinta Heather, Josh Neilsen and Tamara Huges are aiming to raise money to attend next year’s Mardi Gras.
“We all met each other through the Queer Collective.” Jacinta Heather explains.
UOW student and Vice President of ACT and NSW for the Cancer Council’s Bandana Day initiative, Jasmine Briggs explains, “People always want to help out, I never need to rope them in.”