Get to know one of over 90 USASA Club presidents, Ally Reade. Read on to find out what Ally's role entails and how you can be apart of the unique and wonderful things that Ally does with Women in STEM UniSA.
1. What club are you in? Women in STEM UniSA
2. Are there any additional clubs that you are involved with?
I am a member of the Student Sustainability Collective, Art Club, TedX UniSA and Women's Collective but not actively involved, yet!
3. What are you studying? Did it influence the club you chose to join?
Bachelor in Mathematics (Data Science). Yes since my degree is in the STEM Academic Unit and being a Women in STEM, my degree definitely influenced my joining of the Women in STEM Club
4. Why did you join this club?
Firstly, to meet new friends on campus studying similar degrees to myself, whether it was Maths or IT or even a degree I hadn't heard of before. I also joined so I could attend more events on campus and get to know other students even more. Women in STEM at Campus Fair showed me a very welcoming environment and they interested me in all the possible events they had to offer from networking within the club and outside the university with workplace professionals.
5. What's your role on the club executive? Explain.
My role for Women in STEM is the Social Media Officer. In this role, I run all the social media accounts: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. From beginning my role to now, the numbers of followers/connections/likes have at least doubled. During the pandemic and studying from home, I ran a number of campaigns through social media to keep in touch with our members, as well as organising care packages for our members which were sent to their door. I believe my passion for what I do in this role for Women in STEM is what enables me to work hard and ultimately led me to being awarded with Club Executive of the Year for 2020.
6. What's the best thing about being a part of a club?
One of the best things about being part of a club is the feeling that you belong somewhere. On top of that, clubs like Women in STEM allow you to develop new skills which you can use in the future, like networking, and you can build your confidence while making new friends!
7. How can other students get involved in your club?
Students can get involved in Women in STEM by registering through our USASA Page. By doing so you will be kept up to date on all of our events and included in all of our club benefits. Alternatively, you can still get involved by following us on Social Media, or both! I often get asked by many of our members, "How can I be more involved" in which I respond by saying to attend our Annual General Meeting (AGM) as being an executive team member is a great way to be even more involved and work together on club events along side other executives.
8. Have you gained new friends or made new connections through being in a club?
I certainly have! I am so grateful for all the friends and connections I have made through Women in STEM. This includes fellow students in my own degree as well as other degrees from my campus, as well as the other UniSA campuses, staff and even the Women in STEM Society at Adelaide Unversity, as we ran a Quiz Night with them last year!
9. What achievement are you most proud of?
I am definitely proud to have won the Club Executive of the Year award last year. I really did put a lot of effort into my role as Social Media Manager for Women in STEM since I really enjoyed the work I was doing and I understand the ability that social media has to get messages across, find contacts for the club to network with and how to promote our events and club in general, and I am grateful to be awarded for that. In addition, the social media platforms have all doubled in followers/likes/connections since I took on the role and we have received a lot of engagement, which is also extremely rewarding.
10. What colour best represents your personality and why?
I think the colour Yellow represents my personality the best. To me, yellow represents joy, happiness, positivity and optimism, which I believe are characteristics and attitudes that I have. Yellow also reminds me of a lot of the famous Mr Happy and Little Miss Sunshine.
11. What would you like to get out of being in a club?
I would love to attend more events and be more social! Making new friends and networking would be very beneficial, plus making some great memories especially while in my final year would be great. Women in STEM also offer and share so many opportunities that are open to current students, graduating students and even alumni, and those who aren't in our club may not even know or hear about them otherwise. So I believe it is better to be in as many clubs as possible, be active and involved and have some fun!
12. If you could start any club what would it be?
I would love a Baking/Cooking club as I wish I knew how to cook myself a decent meal for dinner 😋
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