To our new students, welcome to QUT; and to our old veterans, welcome back! I hope you’re as keen as I am to get back into uni life. Sadly, it’s my final year as a QUTie and I haven’t been coping too well with the idea of not being a uni student next year. 2014 will definitely be the year of juggling grad applications with club events, so wish me luck. I came straight out of high school into a law/business double degree and here I am five years later still at university living off of cheap food and even cheaper drinks. Seventeen year old me made a surprisingly good decision in choosing to come to QUT, and I hope you guys think so too when you’re in final year and look back on your time spent here.
As your Guild President, it’s my job to make sure that you guys are connected with the good times on campus so that you can get the full university experience; like Facebook for uni without all the stupid Farmville requests. Going to uni isn’t just about attending lectures and then leaving campus straight away. To get the most out of your time here I would recommend catching public transport in so that you can enjoy a beer between classes or stay to play a social sport without worrying about your parking expiring.
Our first event of the year was the Botanic Bar’s first birthday party, where hundreds of QUT students came to celebrate the best campus bar in Australia by taking full advantage of our famous student deals. This was followed by our annual Clubs & Societies Conference. However, by far the biggest annual event on the Brisbane university calendar was our third annual Guinness World Record holding World’s Largest Toga Party, which was a sold-out event and brought Brisbane Riverstage to its capacity. Other events that will be happening throughout the year include our infamous ball pit party; an epic battle of the bands competition; laser tag on campus; fitness classes; nutrition workshops; new social sports; battle of the sexes; Oktoberfest and much more.
If you still want more, like a stressed student scraping the last of the nutella from the jar, then I’m pleased to announce that there are now 115 affiliated faculty, sport & recreational, special interest, international and religious clubs and societies here at QUT. The best way to get involved with campus culture is to join a club or society, as they provide a great network for you find new friends, study buddies and beer pong partners. I wish I had joined a club from my first year.
Another great way to get involved is to join a social sport team. The Guild runs a social sport comp throughout the week and on weekends where you can play netball, basketball, touch football, soccer, dodgeball, volleyball, water polo, dance, and now badminton and Ultimate Frisbee. Many teams head to the Grove or the Botanic Bar after games to participate in their real favourite social sport- drinking.
The more serious side of my role as your President and personal uni wingman is making sure that the university treats you fairly. From special consideration to appeals against exclusion, QUT Guild has got you covered. We are still passionately fighting against the inefficient Students Services and Amenities Fee (tax) that the Federal government and the university are still charging us students.
Hopefully I’ll meet as many of you as I can throughout the year at various Guild and club events. Have an epic 2014!