“The key is in not spending time, but in investing it” – Stephen Covey
Is the thought of another six weeks of online learning getting you down? Then let me remind you that online uni means our longest commute is likely only from the bedroom to the kitchen, saving us so much time! We are, therefore, like the dragons in Dragon’s Den—only with spare time instead of cash. That 6.3% inflation really be wrecking our budgets. Entering the den to help you decide where to spend your time are some UoA clubs, each pitching, not a business venture, but what their club has to offer you during the first half of the Semester.
COVID-19 still interrupting your study abroad or OE plans? Perhaps, French Club can help. I’m not sure if they have free croissants, so your food budget might remain wrecked, but at least you can all pretend to be in France together.
Bonjour! The French Club offers events throughout the year and welcomes everyone from first-year French students or complete beginners to native speakers. Come along to our games night in week two to learn more and sign up!! Find more information here: https://www.facebook.com/uoafrenchclub.
If berets aren’t your thing, but puletasi are, then it sounds like Auckland University Samoan Student’s Association (AUSSA) will happily make you a member of their family.
AUSSA is dedicated to catering to the academic, cultural, spiritual, physical and social needs of our Samoan students and fostering the curiosity of our non-Samoans who are keen to learn about our unique culture and people! We will be starting the year with God through our upcoming Fellowship Evening (4/03), which will be followed by our Meet and Greet (9/03) and the beginning of our Study Fono sessions (from 14/03). Follow us on Instagram @uassa_uoa for more info!
After spending the day binge-watching The Witcher, I mean lectures, you may feel the need to learn some sword fighting skills. Lucky for you, the Fencing Club could have you swinging like Geralt faster than you can get the results of a RAT.
Looking for a COVID-safe sport? Try fencing! We’ve always used masks, gloves, and stayed 1m apart! Come along this Wednesday, March 2nd, at 7 pm at the Sports Centre on Wynyard Street and take a stab at a prize! Beginner classes start next Wednesday from 7:30-9:30 pm at the Sports Centre—first two sessions free, plus free fencing gloves when you sign up! Gear provided.
The Sustainable Future Collective (SFC) has “the makings of a dream team.” They had a mini Dragon’s Den, a battle of the pitches, if you will, to make sure all 25 members of their executive had a say in what they shared with you, Dragon. If working together to combat the climate crisis sounds like your kind of thing, then maybe SFO is the club for you.
If your flat is growing a new species of mould, sustainability may not be a pressing priority. We get that it can be expensive to make good choices, which is why our club membership and events are free! Whether you are interested in what is possible, political or profitable, there’s no need to wallow in your eco-anxiety alone. On March 19th, you have the potential to win $1000 cash by participating in our Downer X SFC Hackathon! Stay up to date with us @sustainablefuturecollective.
In the male-dominated world of science, finding a sister to pipette with can be tricky. If you’re female or non-binary and pursuing a BSc, who knows? By joining Auckland University Women in Science (AUWS), you could meet the one who helps you find a cure to Covid. What’s better than one female Nobel prize winner? Two female Nobel prize winners!
Feeling alone in your STEM classes? Tired of trying to make friends mid-Zoom? AUWS aims to help female and gender non-conforming students feel at home in the Faculty of Science. Join us for new friends and mentorship, on or off-campus! Sign up is in our IG bio (@auws.uoa) and on our Facebook—we can’t wait to see you!
Maybe you’re a female that doesn’t study science but business. The University of Auckland Women in Business (UAWB) is a team of future (actual) Dragons (with real money) who can help you build a LinkedIn network Kate Sheppard would be jealous of.
Enjoy Sip & Paints? Cocktails? Boxing and Yoga classes? Welcome to UAWB! We’re dedicated to promoting female empowerment in business, although we aren’t exclusive to females. We’re centred around professional development, female leadership and community culture supported by our sponsors from around the business world. If interested, visit our virtual Club Expo booth, website, Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn. We look forward to seeing you there!
It turns out an article about clubs brings all the girls to the yard. While the Women in Health Network (WiHN) has a lot to offer all females pursuing a career in health, their mentorship programme could help you enter the clinical programme of your dreams.
Applications for our highly successful annual mentoring programme close March 4th, 11:59 pm. First-year biomed/health sciences female students are carefully paired with an older woman in a health programme who provides guidance and support through a very tough first year. Mentoring can be life-changing, and we’re excited to bring this opportunity back in 2022. Check out @womeninhealthnetwork on Instagram or email us at email@example.com.
The summer got you feeling some type of way? Perhaps life in Orange and Red has got your creative juices flowing, and you need an outlet to channel that inner Shakespeare. To join or not to join the UoA Poetry Club? That is the question.
Do you like words?
Do you use words?
Do you read words?
Great news, you can be a poet! Join an inclusive community that supports your craft and creativity; we host fortnightly workshops, open mics, poetry competitions, discord hangouts and more. Come to our workshops and see how you like us! It’ll be the one zoom session where everyone turns on their cameras. Flick us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stringing words into something beautiful, let alone something coherent, can be hard. If you would rather dance to tunes than create them, UoA Folk Club that may just tickle your shamrock.
At UoA Folk Club, we play, dance to, and sing mostly traditional Celtic music. Every Thursday evening of the semester, we meet on campus to learn new tunes and jam together. All instruments and experiences are welcome! Extra workshops, sessions, ceilidh dances and performances to come throughout the year—like us on Facebook for events and updates (or if you’re not the Facebook type, hit us up at email@example.com).
After day two of learning from home, your room can start to feel like a dungeon. So, why not escape to other worlds with the Auckland Role Playing Guild (ARPG)? Let your imagination run wild—no vaccine pass needed to enter The Forgotten Realms.
Play out larger than life experiences with ARPG! During the first three weeks of semester, anyone can try out the club. We’ll have online board game nights on Tuesdays, and one-shot roleplays on Wednesdays. Later in the semester, we start organising longer campaigns. You can find us on Facebook at Auckland Roleplaying Guild—ARPG, or check us out at Clubs Expo. We hope you take the chance to roll the dice with us!
The anti-mandate protestors are an inspiring bunch, if only for their comedic value. It could be that they need the Public Policy Club’s (PPC) help more than you do. But, if you see yourself affecting upstream change, then exposing yourself to a little extra blue light to PPC could be worth the small risk of cataracts.
We’re all about informative discussion and professional development. Our semester one events include competitions (money prizes!), a mocktail network evening, panels, mock interviews, and social events, like our pub quiz. If you’re into, or want to get into, politics, policy, or professional development, we’re the club for you, no matter your degree! Follow us on FB to see more, then sign up to become a PPC 2022 Member!
Maybe you can’t see the potential for profit in any of these clubs, or perhaps you’re ready to make so many investments, Sharesies is quaking. Nonetheless, I will leave it up to you to decide where your time is best spent.