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University is never just about studying – it’s a lifestyle.
Our innovative 3+ calendar will free you from class-heavy weeks, so you will have plenty of time to join activities of your favourite student clubs. There are over 300 student clubs at UNSW that range from academic and culture to sports and hobbies. It is the best place for you to make life-long friends who also enjoy the things you love.
You can meet people from different countries who will inspire you through the way they think. As an international student, you can find allies from your home country and have their support during your UNSW journey.
Check out how student club activities made Ashwini and Shannon’s UNSW life unforgettable.
Can you tell us more about SMSUNSW?
SMSUNSW was started by our Singaporean seniors a few years back with the aim to provide guidance for juniors. We currently have 30-50 members per year, with a strong community spirit across year groups fostered by orientation camps, social events, and senior-junior tutorial sessions!
The seniors-led tutorials we have cover important concepts, clinical examination skills, and imaging techniques amongst many topics! We also organise social barbies, blood donation drives, volunteer work, and talks (e.g. Working in Singapore vs. Australia Pathways Night).
Whilst the academic-focused events help our members build on the content learnt during lectures, social events provide a platform for interaction, rapport building, and making new friends.
How does SMSUNSW keep its offshore members connected under the current situation?
Year 3-6 students are keeping busy with in-person hospital placements, whilst many Year 1-2s are based in Singapore (hopefully not for much longer) and undertaking digital learning.
In response to the restrictive rules, the SMSUNSW academic team has converted all tutorials from in person to online lessons, thus our members were able to obtain the same level of engagement and interaction both from Singapore and in Australia.
These tutorials are highly interactive and involve break up rooms which enable our academic officers to better engage with our members and answer questions.
What do you find most interesting by joining and working at SMSUNSW?
In 3rd year, I was an academic officer, working together with several of my peers to organise tutorials and clinical examination mock trials for the year 1-2s. That was immensely satisfying, and I loved being able to carry on the spirit of SMSUNSW, whereby seniors volunteered their time and effort to ensure that juniors had someone to approach, in terms of academics or non-academic advice and support.
SMSUNSW is a crucial platform that brides Singaporean Medical Students both within and between cohorts, and I am happy to say that some of the people I’ve met during events are now amongst my closest friends.
As the President, what makes you proud of SMSUNSW?
I’m most proud of the strong community spirit the society has built over the years, whereby upper year students contribute their time to organise various events for their peers and juniors, without expecting anything in return.
The care and eagerness to share have only grown stronger from one cohort of students to the next. This is something I aim to bring with me as I progress through medical school and my future career!
What’s the most valuable thing that you gain by participating in activities arranged by SMSUNSW?
Personally, I feel that friendship was my greatest takeaway from being a part of this society! From attending tutorials with strangers whom I now banter with on a daily basis, to having great chats with members across all year groups during social barbeques, these fond memories and thoughtful conversations will make great dinner conversations. 🙂