Are you an international student studying at Charles Sturt University?
There’s nothing quite like living and studying in Australia at Charles Sturt University (CSU). The scenery is beautiful, the air is clean and the animals are cute. But there’s something else that makes studying in Australia a great idea. The social clubs at CSU will give you the experience of a lifetime.
Getting started at university as an international student is a fun and exciting experience.
Some parts can feel a little daunting, like finding your way around and making new friends. Our international students have found one of the best ways to settle in is to join a social club. You’ll meet people who share an interest with you, and you’ll widen your social network beyond your course and the people you’re living with.
Jacquie Blomfield, International Student Liaison Officer at our Wagga Wagga Campus, agrees.
“When you move to Australia, it can feel overwhelming – you’re dealing with a new culture, possibly a new language, new food. It’s really beneficial to join a club as it helps you get out there, make friends and socialise.
“I find international students aren’t always great at work/life balance. Often they’ve come over with the sole focus to study and achieve their degree, not to have fun.
“This intense focus on study can leave you feeling stressed. It’s really important to get that balance. Often international students will only know the route from their home to campus and back again. If you join a social club, you’re more likely to get out and see the city you’re living in.”
There’s also lots of other benefits you’ve probably never considered…
Increase your social opportunities
Starting at a new uni outside your own country brings vast opportunities for you to meet a whole range of new people. Your accommodation is the first place you’re likely to make new friends, followed closely by your course mates. A club gives you an entirely separate group that share a common interest. As most clubs meet regularly and hold a number of social events, it’s a place designed to make new friends.
Learn about yourself
Being with other people can bring out the best in us. You’ll be able to learn from club members about how they handle different situations. You can find out what you’re good at, whether it’s being a fantastic helper, coming up with ideas or keeping everyone organised.
Develop your ‘soft skills’
These are skills that are easily transferable to any job. Like being able to get on easily with people, communicate well, show attention to detail, solve problems and achieve results.
This kind of depends on what club or group you join! Specifically, joining a sporting group helps keep you moving, and will burn off last night’s questionable dinner.
Learn how to work with others
Being able to work as part of a group is essential to any career (unless you’re planning on becoming a professional hermit). Being part of a group means you can practice taking advice from other people as well as giving your own.
Make industry connections
Hanging out with people who are interested in the same things you are can have lasting benefits. You’ll be surprised how many people from your CSU club will pop up in your professional life, becoming valuable connections in your industry. Even if you end up in different countries, it’s great to have international contacts to touch base with.
Take a break
Having a balanced life while you’re at uni is important. Being part of a club or social group reminds you that there is life outside of study, and fun to be had. Concentrating solely on your studies is not always the best way to ensure academic success. Yes, you’re here to study and do well, and a good way to do that is to give your brain a regular break. Being involved with a club or social group can help you achieve a healthy study/life balance.
Shows you’re keen
Employers notice graduates who were involved in university life. Being part of a club / social group can show an employer you’re serious about your interest in a particular field, and you’re motivated to be part of that field. Listing a club /social group on your résumé also shows that you can handle multiple responsibilities, and that you’re happy to get involved.
Develop your leadership experience
This happens even if you’re not the group leader. Just being part of a club or group shows that you’re motivated and can make things happen. For example, sports clubs help promote qualities that can be translated into a business environment, including leadership and teamwork. Social groups can help develop your public speaking skills and your ability to think on your feet, improving your inner confidence.
It’s a great way to get involved in university life, make friends and get the most out of your CSU experience.
Sounds good. So which social club can I join?
At CSU we have SO MANY CLUBS! Check them out. Please note not all clubs are available on all campuses.
- Australian Football League (AFL)
- Rugby Union
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Water Polo
- Animation and Anime
- Dance and Theatrical
- Film and Television
- International Students
- Nursing and Midwifery
- Pharmacy Students
- Occupational Therapy (OT)
- Rural Health
- Social Work
Religious and spiritual
- Bahai Society
- Christian clubs and fellowships
Social and interest
- Wine and Beer Appreciation
- Residences group/committees
- Roleplaying and Wargaming
- Outdoor recreation
- Gaming and Computer
- Queer Collectives (LGBTIQ social and support groups)
- Academic Honour Society
- Environmental advocacy
- Political parties
- Social Justice
Did you find a club you’d be interested in joining?
You can join as many clubs as you like.
To find out more about the clubs that are available on your campus, come along to Club Day, where all CSU clubs will be represented. Club Day is held the first or second week of first session.
Can I start my own social club?
Sure can. If there isn’t a club already supporting your particular activity or area of interest, just see a student liaison officer on your campus and get it started.