Being part of student organizations, Societies, clubs, groups, associations and other extra-curricular activities is a good step to broadening one’s social networks and having fun campus. The varieties of student’s extracurricular activities are put up to help students have good platforms where they can get involved in campusactivities. Through these associations, students can learn, practice and improve their social, economic, leadership, thinking and behavioral abilities.
Participating in student organizations on campus can impact both the academic and social performance of the student involved based on their level of involvement. Skills such as academic autonomy, cultural participation, educational involvement, life management, and establishing and clarifying purpose increase in direct relation to the level of involvement of student members. This helps the student to be exposed to unique life challenges, leadership, and critical decisions by elevating them to prepare ahead of changes in the real world. The benefits of student organizations live throughout the student’s lives and beyond.
STUDENT UNION GOVERNMENT (SUG)
The student union government is the apex and the most revered student organization in any University, college, Polytechnic or Institute. SUG as easily called is a student organization run by students, independent of the educational facility as a representative body of students who are elected into different positions to provide student services, welfare, social, organizational activities and academic supports to students. The SUG is headed by a president followed by a vice president and other official who are elected for a one year term to carryout distinct functions.
Other students can get involved in the union by becoming active in a committee, by attending councils and general meetings, volunteering within a group, service or club run by the union, or by becoming an elected officer to represent their department and faculty at the student union. SUGs are politicized bodies and often serve as a training ground for aspiring politicians. Student unions generally have similar aims irrespective of the extent of politicization, usually focusing on providing students with facilities, support, and services.
SUG is officially recognized and has its own allocation and in turn allocate a portion of its annual budget to other organizations on campus. In UNN, postgraduate students are within the general student unions despite the fact that postgraduate students lack formal representation in the student union government.
FACULTY AND DEPARTMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS
This is an association of students belonging to the same faculty or department. In some faculties and departments, the association could be an offshoot of such department or faculty nationwide. In others, it could just be within the institution. This association is one established in line with the policies made within its operational jurisdictions. Faculty/departmental organization are so many within campus . Faculty of Social Science Students Association (FOSSA), Public Administration Student Association (PALGSA) and National Education Students Association (NESA) are a few instances.
Student departmental and faculty organizations are established to represent the interest if its members, the student within the faculty and department. Membership of this organization is involuntary and it is funded through student’s association dues. These associations are headed by a president and other officials who are elected or appointed for a one year term. These associations see to student welfare needs within their jurisdictions.
ROTARY CLUB AND FRATERNITIES
Rotary, with the motto, ‘Service Above Self’, is a global network of community volunteers with members comprising of business, professional, and community leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards and help build goodwill and peace in the world. It is non-religious, non-political, and open to every race, culture and creed.
The club is one of the most renowned student clubs in UNN. They undertake voluntary activities. Teaching students through their ways on how they can be more community oriented and enhance both their leadership and social skills.
Fraternities like Beta sigma fraternity, Best Brothers Fraternity and others are service organizations of undergraduates and graduates of the university dedicated to rendering services to the community and the nation. Their goal is to instill self confidence and respect though services and school projects. To see to the welfare of their members through scholarships and enhance leadership and educational strengths in their members.
These groups are offshoots of campus churches, present in faculties, departments, hostels and other places other than the church. They come together for religious purpose – to pray, share the word of God among themselves and go out preach to others in an organized way. They encourage their members to lead good lives and be a model worthy of emulation among other students. These groups also serves as training ground for students who wish to build their self confidence, have deep knowledge and understanding of God and are working towards going into religious vocations. CASOR, NFCS are some instances.
This is an association of students who are related either by local government, state, or nation. The main purpose of this type of association is to give student a deck where they can identify with their people. These associations hold meetings; get external welfare assistance from their home local government and states. They engage in extracurricular activities, and see to the welfare of their members. These cultural associations have formal leaderships within them and are majorly funded through membership dues and levies. Ezeagu Students Association (ESA) and Enugu State Students association (ESSA) are some instances. Some of these associations are present in schools are a chapter of a broader association at the national level.
A host of other organizations exists within the campus and their impacts are felt by their members and non members. The University management gives full supports through student friendly policies implemented to grant students the freedom to bring themselves together willfully, to join organizations which contribute to the academic, cultural, recreational and social life of the University. For this reason, the University encourages a network of student-directed formal and informal organizations designed to provide education outside the classroom.
✍️ Aniekwe Angela Chidiogo