Every September, student-run clubs gather in the Tegler Student Centre to help you find your community at CUE. As our largest community-building event, the best time to explore the breadth the university has available is on Sept. 15 and 16 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Club leaders are passionate about their causes and we strongly recommend you ask plenty of questions and sign up if a club piques your interest.
Student organizations are an essential part of the CUE experience; they open doors to new friendships, leads to potential career paths and help you feel connected on campus. Clubs are resume-building opportunities that help you develop leadership skills and enhance your academic life.
Joining a club helps you meet people who are doing big, imaginative projects that impact change on campus and in the world. “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. Join a club or union and make the most out of your university experience! Don’t see a club you are interested in? Start your own today!” said Rowan Hanf, VP Finance/Clubs and Unions coordinator.
1. Networking opportunities
Meeting new students and building relationships will help you with career growth when it comes time to graduate. Those invaluable connections with people who have the same interests and who have seen your skills in action will recommend you to other employers. Some clubs even keep contacts with alumni, who you can receive mentorship from and connect with upon graduating.
Joining a club helps you stretch yourself to form new goals, and explore where your strengths align. It also provides the opportunity to meet people from various backgrounds, so you are exposed to diverse viewpoints that expand your thinking.
For more introverted students, joining a club is the perfect way to challenge yourself, as Shannon Ross, a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Science program, found out. “As someone who started university as quite shy, getting involved in the CUE community helped me come out of my shell and contributed to me leaving university as a more confident, outgoing individual.”
4. Leadership Skills
Many clubs require that you organize events, take a leading role in social media or collaborate directly with faculty members and university staff. All of these tasks will teach you project and time management skills that will guide you in your career. You can highlight these skills on your resumé showing employers you are able to multitask and handle greater responsibilities.
Bachelor of Arts student, Hermella Haile, took a leading role in starting a new association at CUE: “With the support of my peers, faculty and staff, I helped create CUE’s first Black Students Association.”
5. Reinforce learnings
For students looking to apply their in-class learnings in practical and real-life ways, clubs are a safe environment to test your knowledge. Clubs give students decision-making responsibilities to raise funds, plan events, execute logistics, and divy up funds strategically. Learning is also enhanced when students can apply the concepts they learn in the classroom with an immediate situation.
5. Increased well-being
As social creatures, humans are happiest when they have a wider social network. When academic stress rises towards exam time, you’ll be happy to have that support system with friends going through similar struggles. Making those friends early in the academic year can prevent feelings of isolation at university that leads to higher levels of stress. Taking the time to join a club is a wise investment in your mental well-being.
We encourage you to attend Club’s Day to see new clubs not listed here. If you are interested in adding a club to this list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also looking for student leaders to get involved this year to run in elections for the Concordia Science Union (CSU), Straight and Gay Alliance (SAGA), and the Concordia Indigenous Fellowship (CIF), in order to have them running again this year.