Doha, Qatar – Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFSQ) students held a campus-wide Student Activities Commission (SAC) Fair and dozens enjoyed themselves by participating in the networking and community engagement opportunity.
An annual tradition of the school, the Fair featured entertainment, food and information about campus clubs and served as a platform for incoming students to join a fraternity of their inclination. Throughout the event, clubs such as SFSQ’s Brainfood tempted attendants with food, while the Photography Club exhibited an array of member-generated pictures.
"The SAC Fair is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the diverse set of student clubs, activities, service organizations, and sports teams that comprise student life at SFS-Q. We are excited to welcome the latest class of Hoyas and current student leaders into our student-driven extracurricular life,” said Alex Silberman, Students Development Officer.
Also attending were outside organizations such as The Doha Debates and Brookings Institute, offering students their in-depth internships and work experience.
Mariam Lacheen, a freshman, was glad she attended her first SAC Fair, and said: “I think it’s a great idea to introduce us to the different clubs that we have in Georgetown; like the debate club, Model United Nations, the Hope club, the Yearbook club - which is new – and they basically want to make students react and interact with the society around them which I think is very good.”
So impressed was Lachin with the engagement opportunities that the clubs offer at the student level that she signed up as member for two different organizations right away.
“I joined two clubs; the Debate club because I’ve been debating for four years. I also joined the MUN club because I was in the MUN a couple of years ago and I think it’s a great idea to teach students who are majoring in international affairs the style and system of the United Nations.”
The award-winning Doha Debates’ Educational Outreach and Logistics co-coordinator, Sheelagh Windrum said: “We’ve actually taken part in the Georgetown SAC fair for the last three years; it gets bigger and better every time. It’s interesting that the students are much more aware every year of the Doha Debates and what we’re doing, which is excellent.”
The student organizations at SFSQ are diverse and range from Women’s Volleyball and Zones of Conflict, Zones of Peace to Center for Awakened Policy and Theater Club.
Other student clubs at the Education City, home of SFSQ, also utilized the opportunity to present their activities at the Fair.
“My club, the EC Rugby Club, isn’t specifically for Georgetown itself but it’s aimed at the whole of Education City,” said Junior student, Eric Voss, while adding that “It’s always nice to have the SAC fair because people from all universities come and it’s always this crowded and the atmosphere is great.