This interview is part of our series on some of the clubs and associations available at La Trobe. This week we’re getting to know the La Trobe Commerce Students’ Association (CSA). Ansh Verma, the Director of Events at CSA, answered some of my questions to give you a little insight into what their organisation does!
For a little overview on the CSA, Ansh says that it’s a club “for students, by students”. The club is open to anyone studying, or just interested in, business and commerce. Ansh explains “through the year, we host a lot of networking, informative and social events for our club members. Currently, we are sponsored by PwC, EY, CA, ANZ and CPA, and we host events in conjunction with these organisations.”
Current restrictions and online learning haven’t stopped the CSA either. “We have adapted our events to a webinar format, with guest speakers joining from a wide variety of organisations. We might be in lockdown, but we can utilise this time to learn and grow”.
Of course, not everything to do with the CSA is too serious; Ansh reveals that they have plenty of social events where you can get to know other students. “Our club is a great social hub; we currently have an ASX Trading Game (which is a little like fantasy football) that has seen great participation! We had a Trivia Night last semester and we are keen on doing similar stuff in the coming weeks.”
When asked why he joined the CSA, Ansh said “I joined CSA as a First-Year Representative. I was a first-year student who didn’t have any connections and I joined CSA to learn and meet more people. I’ve gained some close friends and CSA has become a part of my life”.
For students just starting out at La Trobe, Ansh offers this advice “the key to get the most out of University is to get involved. There are a lot of interesting things going on; this is your time to make things happen for you, whatever your interests might be, get involved in something that speaks with you!”
If you’re interested in joining, or hearing more about, the Commerce Students’ Association then visit their website or find them on Facebook. You can join their mailing list to get information about upcoming events, or sign up for a free membership!