To give you a break from the books, think about joining one of UCT’s many clubs and societies. With more than 100 student societies to choose from, there’s something there for everyone.
Why sign up?
Achieve a balance.
Clubs and societies allow you to do just that; you can take a step back from the books and do something you enjoy.
Make a difference.
If having a tangible impact on the world around you is your thing, there are plenty of opportunities available. We can think of at least one society that places animal welfare close to its heart, for example.
Meet new people.
We get that it’s difficult to settle in during your first year, but joining a club or society can help. You’ll meet people outside of your department or faculty, and you’ll get to know campus a little better.
Looks good on your CV.
In time you will need an internship and, depending on your course, there are a bunch of clubs and societies that look really good on your CV.
Learn more about yourself.
Joining a student organisation presents many opportunities to get to know yourself, your goals and your strengths better. This self-awareness can be beneficial in future.
How can I join?
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) does not fund extramural activities, but if sponsored students would like to participate in societies or development agencies, they can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
“First year is the time to experience different clubs, societies and groups on campus. While it is important to dedicate time to your studies, it is important to have experiences as well. Do a little salsa, some fencing, maybe bang on the drums.” – Aamirah
Here are a few club options to pique your interest:
“Learn from people who are different from you. Engage with discourse that is outside your discipline. This helps you graduate with a well-rounded perspective of the world around you.” – Velile
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