Well, another Market Day is done and dusted, and it’s pretty likely that you’ve signed up for a host of clubs and societies. With the information overload that is O-Week, it’s not surprising if you’re not entirely sure what it is that you’ve signed up for. Meet three students who have had some amazing opportunities come their way, all because they were in a University of Canberra club or society.

“I was elected to the national board for student pharmacists AND I secured an internship!”

Alicia joined the Canberra Student Pharmacists Association (CaSPA) in her first year of university to get discounts on her textbooks. What she didn’t expect was that, after attending the Annual General Meeting (AGM), she would land three different positions on the board.

“I was the first-year representative, the publications chairman, and the National Australian Pharmacy Students Association (NAPSA) representative,” explained Alicia. “Through that role, I was able to attend the NAPSA AGM, and the annual NAPSA congress, which is a conference for pharmacy students from all across Australia.

“I was really inspired at congress and made heaps of new friends, and it was then that I decided I wanted to run for CaSPA president at the next AGM.”

Alicia fulfilled that goal and is now the president of CaSPA in her second term. This has led to many more experiences, but perhaps the best opportunity has been landing an internship at one of the top three pharmacies in Australia, who have won awards for their work and innovation in the industry.

“I’m incredibly lucky to have this opportunity. I have made so many amazing friends through being involved with CaSPA and NAPSA and it has made my university experience so much better!”

“I landed a freelance job!”

Ben is a law student and a member of the UC Press Club. In semester 1 2017, the Press Club organised a Q&A panel event, where members could ask industry professionals all their burning questions. After the event, Ben introduced himself to Michael Keating, the editor of political newsletter, Inside Canberra.

“I was then invited to parliament house and I was asked to write something and it went from there,” explained Ben. “It was really exciting to have someone take an interest in my work.”

Ben is now a freelance journalist for Inside Canberra, which has changed his outlook on his degree.

“The job allowed me to work on my ability to write well for industry. I was able to see how political journalism operates on a more micro scale, which is hard to see from a university campus.”

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“RCUC has given me the confidence to become a leader and mentor to my peers which has only strengthened my career,” Andrew says. Photo: supplied.

“I’ve gained unique friendships AND I’ve been able to fundraise and volunteer for my community!”

Andrew is a member and the Club Service Director of Rotaract UC (RCUC), a club that he says has given him purpose at university outside of assignments and projects. RCUC is a global organisation that empowers students to create positive change in their communities. This has been life changing for Andrew.

“Honestly, RCUC has given me the confidence to become a leader and mentor to my peers which has only strengthened my career,” said Andrew.

A recent highlight was collaborating with other Canberra-based clubs to host a Winter Gala Ball, which raised over $1700 for the UC Cancer Research Fund.

“Not only does the ability to contribute give me personal warm and fuzzies, but it enables amazing work which will assist so many lives. It makes you feel like a part of something bigger, which is a breath of fresh air when you’re so focussed on your degree.”