Establishing a sense of community has been one of the most important aspects of my university experience at Carleton. While Woodbridge, Ontario is the town I call home, campus has become one of the places where I feel most comfortable. I attribute this to the fact that I have found students who share the same interests as me and who want to spend their time doing similar projects! Carleton’s clubs and societies definitely have a way of bringing like-minded students together.
In my first year, I was a member of the Criminology and Criminal Justice Society (CUCCJS). I always looked forward to attending CUCCJS events, because I was able to discuss all of the topics that mattered the most to me. I discovered other students who also enjoyed taking tours of institutions within the justice system and listening to guest speakers discuss their work in the field. I continued on to become an executive member of CUCCJS in my second year. In my third year, I became the President of CUCCJS and led a year packed with events for all students interested in the field of criminology.
In my final year at Carleton, I decided to try out something new! With more than 200 active clubs and societies, Carleton definitely has something for everyone. What students should also know is that, if there is not a club that addresses an issue they are interested in, they can always start their own club. My friends and I have collaborated this year on starting a new club called Women in Law that addresses a long-standing issue on the discrimination women experience in the legal field.
Clubs and societies at Carleton allow students to establish a sense of community, meet people with similar interests, and develop real leadership skills. Furthermore, clubs and societies allow students to experience different roles and foster various transferable skills that complement their academic journey at Carleton.