Having been a part of the Griffith Mates for three years now has made me realise how much I have grown both personally and professionally. I first met a Griffith Mate in their bright red shirt in my first week in Australia when I was so lost and confused. They helped me sort out my enrolment and informed me about facilities available at Griffith, and got me settled into University life; something most of you might have experienced. A year later, I saw the applications open for 2016 intake and I thought, ‘why not?’. I can assure you, that has been one of the best decisions I have made at uni. Let me tell you the top 5 reasons to join the Griffith Mates, from my personal experience.
1. Meet new people and make friends
The Griffith Mates family is amazing and I have had the pleasure of meeting such lovely people, some of whom are close friends now. I also got to meet so many students through Griffith Mates and my friendship circle expanded exponentially and this has enriched my university experience greatly.
2. The chance to grow as a person
I believe that I grew as a person. I became more confident in speaking in English and got so much better at engaging people during events and day trips. I was more accepting of change and became more open to opportunities and growth. I developed good public speaking skills and this was visible in my academics too when I scored a HD in an oral presentation.
3. Gain transferable skills
I grew professionally too! I was getting better at communicating both written and verbally and was starting to be more expressive. I got better at managing my time and procrastination was at an all-time low. I also became more culturally informed and competent, and was so much more informed in general.
4. Get opportunities and recommendations
I got to host events, be a Marketing and Communications Officer, mentor students and attend development workshops, something that I would not have had the opportunity to try if not for the Griffith Mates. Even though my study field was not related, I believe I was becoming more well-rounded. The most amazing part though? I received letters of recognition and recommendation on LinkedIn and my resume has never looked stronger.
5. Opportunities to volunteer
This I personally believe is the best part of being a Griffith Mate. It is an amazing feeling when you receive feedback that you have helped enrich someone’s university experience. You become a part of the Griffith community and you actively play a big role in making it the amazing place it is! And all this for just a few hours of your time each week. #PayItForward
If you have any questions, feel free to email the Griffith Mates at [email protected]