Whether you’re a new student or an existing one, you might be surprised to know that there is a heck of a lot to do on campus outside of lectures and eating at the Brasserie. Lucky for you I've done the hard yards by creating this little guide to help you get involved with the clubs and societies USC has to offer. Let’s get into it!
If the idea of hiking, meeting new friends, paintballing, canoeing, camping and basically anything outdoorsy appeals to you, then I highly recommend you check out USC Activate.
There are numerous sports groups on campus. Rugby fans can check out USC Rugby, who have options for all ages. If you’re a guy and like shooting hoops, check out USC Men’s Basketball. Volleyball fans should head over to USC Volleyball Club, and for the stadium where much of the uni’s sports are held, find out more at USC Sport. And if you want to pump iron or attend yoga, circuit class, Zumba, all accompanied by expert advice with special discounts available as we rock into Semester 2, check out the USC Gym and Fitness page for more info.
The USC Quidditch League is a group of rowdy Harry Potter fans who play on the field outside of the Student Guild. A small fee to cover insurance is required and you can check them out on Facebook. Muggles are welcome.
Speaking of healthy minds, USC Active Minds is the first chapter of the group in Australia that aims to encourage students to open up about mental health issues. Everyone has problems, but don’t keep them to yourself, come and have a chat with the group, they’re on Facebook and get to know your mind!
The Buranga Centre offers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a 24/7 place dedicated to assisting with study needs. The office is manned from 9-5 weekdays and features academic and social support as well as a yarning circle, a library and laptops available for borrowing.
If you’re an international student who is feeling a little bit lonely, feel sad no more! Come check out the USC Buddy program where you can rub shoulders with Aussies and people from all over the globe (international food nights are always a hit) and you can also check them out on Facebook.
Are you a parent studying here at USC? You’re not alone! Join the awesomely titled USC MADS group (USC Mums and Dads) and get together to talk about nappies, sleepless nights and the of the other pleasures of parenthood (we were all babies once!)
MOSAIC is a friendly, inclusive Christian group that meets every Friday night at the Uni club and supplies free meals, board games and a prayer group. Check them out on Facebook.
The Rainbow Connection is a group of LGBTI+ students who provide a safe place to come and chill with like-minded people and welcomes people of all orientations. To find out more, have a look at their Facebook page.
The Student BEC (Bar and Entertainment Club) offers students a chance to party at the Student Guild on a roughly fortnightly basis. DJ’s pump out da bass leaving students with a smile on their face, and often buses are organised to take students to the Helm, a popular Mooloolaba nightclub. Check them out on Facebook #HelmisHome
Fighting against injustices is the USC chapter of Amnesty International, whose main focus is raising awareness of human rights abuses across the board. They host a variety of events over the year (their yellow cupcakes must be tasted to be believed). They meet every Wednesday at 11am throughout the semester and can be found on Facebook or Twitter.
If you want to learn about networking and staying motivated, Enactus USC is an international not-for-profit organisation run by students with the aim of empowering disadvantaged communities through sustainable entrepreneurial action. For more on this group check out their website. Similarly, the USC Golden Key Society is an academic honour society that offers help with teamwork and networking.
If you have a flair for drama and want to showcase your talents, PAK (Performing Arts Kollective) has put on some great shows in the past and encourages those interested in the arts to check them out. Check them out on Facey or contact the club president Tara at email@example.com.
The Rotaract Club of the Sunshine Coast focuses on empowering students between the ages of 18-30 years, from a diverse range of backgrounds to create positive change in their local communities and around the world, while assisting its members in becoming the business and professional leaders of tomorrow. Their club meetings are held 6.30pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.
Does the thought of public speaking freak you out? Embrace the fear and come along to USC Toastmasters where you can practice the art of public speaking and improve your confidence.
The Ursa Major Theatre Association is a contemporary theatre space on campus that gives students a creative outlet to gain experience in the modern facets of drama. Whether you are attracted to the drama industry or attract drama check out their Facebook page.
The Student Guild is an organisation located at the back of the university behind D and E block that offers an advocacy service to struggling students, a free kitchen, weekly barbeques, and loads of couches to chill out at. And the Wi-Fi never seems to drop out! A yearly $10 membership is a small price to pay for all they have to offer. Call them on (07) 5456 3769 or check out their website or Facebook page.
The USC School of Science and Engineering offers engineering and science students a chance to connect with other students in the discipline. Check them out on Facebook.
For aspiring journo and communication students there are a few options. Firstly, there is the student-ran USC Journalism and Communications group, then there is the Maverick, an exciting new project just launched that will showcase what’s happening on campus as well as providing students a voice independent from the Uni and finally USC Final Year Journalism Students, which offers fantastic employment opportunities.
Studying law? Check out the USC Student Law Association who offer trips to court, barefoot bowls, coffee and even high tea! What’s not to like? Find out more at their website. In a similar vein is the USC Criminology Student Institute, amusingly known as USC CSI.
If you’re studying nutrition this year, then it might be fruitful… to check out the USC Nutrition and Dietetics 2016 Facebook group.
If you’re studying paramedics, then you might want to get the scoop on SCUPA (sorry), where you will be offered a chance to mingle with fellow paramedic students, network, learn about employment opportunities and although it isn’t on their Facebook page, it’s likely you will get to talk about blood and guts and all the other things that attracts people to this profession.
Social work students can connect with others in the field in the SWANNS group (there are, sadly, no swans in the group, only people). This group is a safe space for fellow social work students to join, share, announce, question and update others on anything under the social work umbrella including justice, study, jobs and events.
Check out the full list of course-based social media accounts, as well as The Wall, a university run page which helps you keep up-to-date of events happening on campus and those all-important due dates for swapping courses and whatnot.
Get involved, you'll thank me later!
By Lloyd Copper