Clubs Week 2019

Clubs Week 2019: Why You Should Join A Club

Jessica Singer

Opportunities to develop your character, and acquire skills that will help in school, your career, and life extend far beyond the doors of the classroom at Western University.

One of the first opportunities offered at the beginning of each semester is Clubs Week.

Western offers around 200 clubs, and Clubs Week affords you the opportunity to browse different clubs and speak to club members about the ways you can learn and get involved.

While choosing a club can be a daunting task, attending Clubs Week is a great way to expand your horizons and discover what opportunities are out there. From the A Cappella Association of Western, to the Board Games Club or Purple Yogi’s, you may come across a group or organization you never knew existed, but that fits right with your niche interests.

This is something the Ismaili Education Board for Ontario Representative, student Sifar Halani, says is one of the most rewarding parts of your undergraduate experience, and I had the opportunity to chat with him about the importance of Clubs Week. 

“It allows you to join clubs that really interest you”, said Halani. “I know we have a trivia club, and I never really thought of doing that. But I went there, I spun the wheel, and I found
something new, something that I wouldn’t usually do, but now that I am in university I’m open to”.

There are many other reasons to join a club beyond trying something different. It’s a great way to come out of your shell, make new friends, is a great resume booster, and of course,
it’s fun.

I also had the opportunity to speak with the President of Western’s Artificial Intelligence Collective Sejin Kim, who explained how club’s week provides opportunities to connect with leaders and like-minded individuals on campus, while learning something new and fun in the process.

“It’s a student-led community, and you have a four-year turnover rate of members and leadership”, explained Kim. “With that you can have visions that change all the time, but I think
what won’t ever change is the level of passion and energy that students will have in these communities.”

Every new semester at university brings new opportunities, and you will be making a lot of pivotal decisions that will shape your future. So, try not to overlook this opportunity at the
beginning of the new school year and get a head-start by becoming a club member.

Clubs Week is held weekdays from 10am to 4pm in the UCC, until Friday, Sept. 20.