RMIT Clubs Festival (held Tuesday 13 April – Thursday 15 April) was an opportunity for our 160 student-run clubs to reconnect with each other in person and spend time face-to-face with fellow students, looking to find their tribe.
They were able to showcase their passions, their community and interests in a variety of welcoming activations across RMIT’s creative, academic, cultural, spiritual, social, special interest and sport clubs across the City, Brunswick and Bundoora campuses.
With live music and dance performances, workshops, Indigenous Culture tours, free lunches (more than 1600 serves shared) and mocktails, along with the famous RMIT Mates ‘Puppy Café’ – there was something for everyone looking to discover RMIT Student Life on campus.
Along with an opportunity to meet new members and friends, the Clubs Festival provided some welcome normality for clubs, excited about increasing opportunities for interaction on and off campus.
Tanay Shah (Master of Marketing) member of the RMIT Indian Club was one such student excited to be back on campus, having spent the last year as a volunteer club committee member, experienced almost entirely online.
“It’s amazing to be back on campus, and see the actual things that we saw in first semester (2020) and before coming to RMIT,” he said.
The importance of the community shared within clubs, like the RMIT Indian Club, was evident across the week – something that Tanay explained was crucial over the last 12 months.
“Last year, we were not able to meet our parents, only we could meet them virtually, but the one thing we had over here was the Indian Club, our friends, which were like siblings to us. I never felt like I was somewhere far from my home country.”
The sense of connection and community shared among student clubs was echoed by Emily Pamio (Bachelor of Business) of the Cheer and Dance club.
“We are such a community and a family, so it’s really nice to train with our fellow athletes to build our skills, but we’re also making really important connections as well,” she said.
“It’s so hard to make friends at University nowadays, especially during the pandemic, but this has been a lot of fun.”