All major university campuses typically feature a wide variety of extracurricular clubs that you can joins. These university clubs are generally geared towards people with similar interests in certain subjects, and include organizations such as athletic teams, student politics, charity organizations, fan clubs, and professional training groups.
The Importance of University Clubs
While the majority of your time and mental energy during university will be geared towards your classes and academic requirements, there is vast potential for learning and personal growth outside of your program’s curriculum. Joining the right university clubs can not only help you develop valuable skills that you can put to use in the real world, but might also give you an edge when applying to jobs after you undergraduate career is over.
Three Common Types of University Clubs
Athletic clubs range from high level school varsity teams to common intramural sports. Generally more students would be inclined to join the latter, as only few are high calibre athletes. Nonetheless being part of an amateur sports team is a great way to stay in shape and to make new friends. Thus athletic university clubs can be quite rewarding as they foster team building skills and provide you with a break from your studies that is genuinely fun and engaging.
Advocacy/ Political Groups
Another option that might be worth your time is joining a club that advocates for a certain cause or charity. If you feel strongly about an issue like poverty or the environment then you would be well served joining a group that is committed to taking action towards those issues. Not only does this allow you to become proactive about your views it also lets you gain valuable experience in managing an organization, if you stick to that club and rise up in its ranks.
Likewise, if you are passionate about politics, it might also be beneficial to join the student chapter of a political party on your campus. All of the major Canadian political parties have affiliate clubs in most universities. By joining one of these groups you have a chance to network with like minded people, potentially gain access to certain internship roles within political organizations, and get a head start to a possible career in public service.
Professionally geared university clubs can include a wide spectrum of organizations such as, student newspapers, accounting or management clubs, or theater production groups. These clubs can be highly beneficial as they give you hands on skills and training in fields that you might be interested in working once you graduate. Even if they are not directly related to the career stream you are set on following, these clubs allow you to test out different professional fields and earn some valuable resume padding.
Make the Most out of University Clubs
Ultimately when it comes to picking university clubs it is of the utmost importance to do what feels right for you, and to join a club that speaks to your interests, and that allow you to grow as a person. That said it is strongly encouraged that you do participate in extracurricular activities while you are in undergrad as they can help you build very important professional, interpersonal, and organizational skills.