We might be getting towards the end of the year, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of ways to still get involved in the campus community. I sat down with Rebecca Marsh, AVP Clubs at the USC and Huron student, to get all the information you didn’t know you needed about joining clubs.
So Rebecca, what was the first club that you joined on campus?
During my first year at University I was part of Model United Nations.I still have very vivid memories of going to McMUN, the Model United Nations Montreal trip. That was an amazing intro to what clubs offer.
Why do you think students should join clubs?
Being a part of a club is integral to the university experience. You can meet friends — I’ve met friends in Model UN that I still have.
At Western, we are very fortunate to have 200+ clubs. Whatever you are interested in, there is something for you. Clubs really provide great opportunities, and you get access to events all year around. It’s really about building community, even networking with your peers if you’re interested in that kind of thing.
Yeah I totally agree! So how can students join a club?
Club memberships are open until January 31 2023. You can join by going on the USC Website under the Clubs page, and select from the list of 200+ clubs which ones you want to join. And then you proceed through the website, and pay the associated membership fee. It will take 2 days-ish for memberships to update, but then you should start receiving club emails and be admitted into the club.
Awesome. If students didn’t get a chance to stop by Clubs Week back in September, is there another opportunity for them to get to know the different clubs on campus and what they do?
The USC Now App actually has club events posted from now to the new year. Students can also get in touch with a club directly. Each club has their own specific club email that can be found through our roster.
How do you recommend that students stay involved with things that are happening on campus?
It’s kind of corny, but just stop by campus every once and awhile. It never hurts to just walk through the UCC, get a coffee at the Spoke or hang out with friends at the Wave. Another really amazing resource is the USC Now app. It combines not just club events but USC events as well so you can always stay up to date on what’s going on on campus. The Clubs Support Committee has also been running an instagram account where you can find everything that’s going on! We have some exciting programming coming up, so keep an eye out on the clubsusc instagram.
Thank you so much for talking with me! I’ll definitely be joining some clubs.
This interview has been edited and condensed.