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Benefits of joining an MQ club or society: A GLP student’s perspective (Shannon Kurrle)

Have you ever thought about joining an MQ club or society?


Created and run by students, student clubs and societies are a great way to connect with people who share your passions, interests or unique hobbies. Perhaps you want to join a club to meet more people studying your degree, or maybe you want to take the opportunity to try something completely different! With over 140 student and sports groups, there is probably one at MQ for you!

Plus, if you become an executive of a club or society (that has a GLP focus or career focus), you can apply for GLP Experiential Credit under GLX15 (UG) or your Practicum Option 8 (PG)! Find out more in your Experiential Credit Guide or Practicum Guide, and as always check with your GLP Advisor for pre-approval.

Here more about the experience of being part of an MQ club or society from our GLP students:

How has the GLP benefited you?

The GLP provided me with a framework that helped me make the most of my time at university. It helped me take advantage of opportunities that I would not have even considered without it. Especially early on in my degree, it was hard to know the best ways to become a part of the university community and find the best extracurricular activities for me. By joining the program, I was given guidance that I wouldn’t find anywhere else.

How/why did you get involved with 180 Degrees Consulting, and what do you think students can get out of being part of a Club/Society?

I first heard of 180 Degrees Consulting through a friend I made during the GLP Symposium to China in 2017. I didn’t really know what it would be like. However, I had promised myself that I would say yes to every opportunity. So, I joined Session 1, 2018 and haven’t looked back. Over my years with 180DC, I have grown both professionally and personally. I have gained real-world experience assisting charities and NGOs in making a positive impact. I’ve also been able to lead teams and eventually the whole branch, which I never thought I’d be able to do. I’ve gained new skills and confidence in them, I’ve made friends, and I’ve become part of a unique community.


How has the GLP helped you build community (MQ, local, global)?

I’ve found that connecting students to communities and people is at the centre of the GLP. From the Colloquia to the Experiential Credit activities, the GLP has guided me into different communities and helped me make connections on both a local and global scale. The cross-cultural focus of the GLP has given me greater insight and familiarity with all types of communities, from the Australian-Afghan charity I volunteer with, to the time I spent in China with the program, to the community I helped build in 180DC. These experiences are incomparable, and I feel lucky to have been part of them all.

What skills have you developed in the GLP that you think will help you in your future career?

The GLP has made a more open and confident person who is excited to jump into new and challenging experiences. The Colloquia have broadened my knowledge beyond my degree areas, giving me a better perspective on ideas that I wouldn’t have been familiar with otherwise. These skills allow me to be more proactive and able to understand what I want in my future career. In my opinion, knowing what you want to do is half the battle, and the GLP has helped give me the skills to do this.

What is your top tip for future GLP students?

My number one tip is to get involved wherever and whenever you can. I applied to the GLP Symposium to China on a whim, but that led me to join 180 Degrees Consulting, which led me to immerse myself in the field and discover my future career. Next year, I will be undertaking a graduate role in consulting. That would not have happened if I wasn’t part of the GLP. University will be one of the best times in your life to explore and challenge yourself and to make mistakes. Throw yourself in there because it’ll be over before you know it.