8 Things A Uni Student Must Do
Social Media reporter Ainslie McCormick asked a simple question of Griffith University students in their second, third and fourth years: “If you could go back, what would you tell your first-year self to do at Uni?” The responses are guaranteed to make your university experience more exciting, enjoyable and memorable.
1. Unigames: Northern (SE Qld) or Australian
Generally described as “the best week of your life”, Unigames is a week of sport complemented by a full social program of nightclub venues and themed party nights. And that’s not to say you can’t go if you are a “ragin’ under-ager”, because there is a separate social program for U18s.
Unigames is perfect for every skill set, whether you’re an Olympic medallist or have never played a sport in your life. Competitive sports include basketball, touch, netball, baseball, hockey and athletics, while on the more social side there are sports such as tenpin bowling and lawn bowls.
2. Join a club
Griffith has a club for almost every sport, cultural and academic pursuit. And if there isn’t, you can start your own! All clubs have their own social programs and events and they are a great way to come to know people with the same interests as you.
Want something to give your resume extra credit? Offer to help out on the committee or volunteer as a member.
3. Go to a Uni Bar on a student night
This one is only for the over-18s. Our Nathan Uni Bar has themes every Tuesday, complete with student friendly prices, DJs, competitions and giveaways. Go by yourself and meet new people or go in as a group. The shuttle between MG and Nathan even runs until close (midnight) and is super handy if you live on campus.
Be warned: once you get hooked, you will probably stop attending Wednesday morning classes.
Check out the Nathan Uni Bar Facebook page
4. Take advantage of free and discounted lunches
At Nathan, What’s on at Griffith and Griffith SRC regularly give out free food and lunches on campus, mostly on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Campus Heart. Always have your student card on hand as this is your key to a free feed.
Also, get down to the Uni Bar on Wednesdays. The SRC subsidises meals, with the first 250 scoring lunch and a drink of your choice for $5 between 11:30 – 1:30.
Check out the Griffith SRC Facebook pages for updates and locations
5. Play a Social Sport
Social Sports run from Sunday through to Friday and are a perfect way to meet new people and keep your fitness up at the same time. You can sign up as an individual or a team for some of the cheapest prices in Brisbane. Sports include 5- and 7-a-side soccer, touch, netball, basketball and volleyball in mixed, women’s and men’s categories with several divisions.
To sign up or register your interest, see the Social Sport Site and Facebook page
6. Get involved with your School’s Association or Society
Getting involved with people in your same degree guarantees you have access to someone who can help you with a subject they have previously completed. Associations and societies also have heavy events calendars, including pub crawls, balls, sports, galas and lots of other social events.
The Griffith University Law Society (GULS) and the Griffith Business Students Association (GBSA) are the biggest on campus and you don’t even have to be studying in those fields to be involved with their events. To find yours, just search for your school on the Griffith website.
7. Attend a free on-campus event
What’s on at Griffith holds market days, sports events, show days, carnival days and chill out days. Market days are set up at Nathan with small business stalls featuring jewellery, clothes, drinks, food, knick-knacks and plenty more. The other event days span all the Brisbane campuses and include games, freebies, giveaways and information on ‘What’s on at Griffith’.
Check out the What’s on at Griffith Facebook page for updates and events
8. Stock up on Mum and Dad’s home-made meals and freeze for later
Seriously, you can only eat noodles for so long before you will be turned off at the thought of them for the rest of your degree.