CUSA (Chinese United Student Association) is one of the largest Asian associations among Canadian universities. Established five years ago with a vision to unite Chinese associations across universities, CUSA is now active in seven campuses: University of Toronto St. George & Scarborough, Waterloo, Laurier, McMaster, RyersonU and YorkU.
Fostering an environment to encompass students from any Chinese background, CUSA provides countless opportunities and benefits for students who wish to meet new people from different schools in Ontario. Three representatives volunteered to speak more about their involvement in CUSA:
ChiChi – a second year student from Laurier has been involved with CUSA for two years
Sally – a third year student from McMaster highly involved executive with CUSA and
Boris – a fourth year student at Ryerson and one of the three co-presidents
Q: What makes CUSA stand out more than other Asian associations?
Boris: CUSA offers CUSA membership discount cards – it’s essentially like an SPC card. We have stores across Toronto, Scarborough, Waterloo, Laurier, McMaster. It doesn’t matter which university you go to – there will always be shops around you that are affiliated with us and give discounts. We are affiliated with Destiny’s, Chatime, Kenzo, 1Hr – these are just to name a few.
Q: What kind of events does CUSA hold?
Chichi: My favorite event is the banquet hall – my friend won a TV last year. There are mahjong events and for our winter trip, we went to New York and got to go shopping.
Boris: This year we’re thinking of New York, Chicago or Great Wolf Lodge – it has an indoor waterpark. Nothing gets better than that.
Q: How would you characterize your members?
Chichi: We have more of everyone. We have second generation, international kids or people like me who are not too Asian but not too whitewashed.
Sally: Our members include undergraduate students, graduate students, Mandarin and Cantonese speaking as well as people who speak English with minimal Chinese.
Left to right: Chichi (Laurier), Sally (McMaster), Boris (Ryerson)
Q: What are some upcoming events CUSA will have?
Boris: We’ll be holding an orientation encompassing the seven campuses we are at. We hope people come out and meet friends. School is stressful and coming out to the orientation will mean a lot to us. It’ll be on October 5 at 12:00pm on UTSG campus and a whole day event. Entrance fee is $8 but don’t worry – there will be prizes and they will be good! Also prepare to get wet!
If you are a student at any of the universities listed, above and are looking for a club to meet welcoming and friendly people, CUSA is the club for you. Check out their website at http://cusaontario.com/ for more details!