Meet Your: Clubs and Societies Officer 2023 – Madison Shepherd

Hey there! I’m Madison and I’m your Clubs and Societies Officer for 2023. I’m currently in my third year of a double degree in Law and Behavioural Science, with a Minor in Counselling. I’ve got three years to go, so I’m either very smart to choose this degree, or very, very stupid… 

A little bit about me, I’m a bit of a homebody. My ideal Friday night is chilling at home, watching a doco on some obscure historical event with a cuppa, while crocheting and snuggling the cat. I have been known to try to learn languages on a whim, and I live in constant fear of the Duolingo Owl. So, if I’m ever missing and there are claw marks and green feathers at the scene of the crime, I must have forgotten to practice my Yiddish or whatever language I decided to learn that week. Honestly, that owl is evil. 

I love cooking, but I bake way too much. So, odds are if you see me around campus I will probably try and offload some cookies or cupcakes. You have been warned! 

I’m a people person, and I love having meaningful conversations. I’m a bit snarky and sarcastic, especially if I don’t have caffeine in my system and I have been told that my dad jokes are worse than my actual dad’s.  

I’m a problem-solver by nature, and I’ve always been someone who people come to for advice. I hope to use this skill for the benefit of the QUT Community.  

I ran for the Clubs and Societies position because I’m a glutton for punishment (kidding, kinda…). I also had the opportunity to see the impact the Guild has on the clubs’ space as a club president and as a member of the Clubs and Societies Committee in 2022. 

I believe in fixing only what needs to be fixed, so I hope to work in close collaboration with the clubs themselves to better understand what they need and how I can help. I don’t have a personal agenda to push, the only thing I want to accomplish is to leave Guild Clubs better than how I found it. So, if you have any ideas – send them my way!  

The three things I’m deadest on are securing more club funding, celebrating with you when you succeed, and supporting you when things are tough. Clubs are the cornerstone of campus culture, so I reckon we need to be supporting them as much as possible. 

The main challenges I’ll be facing this year will be divvying up limited funds between all the very deserving clubs, helping people get keen to come back on campus, keeping my desk tidy, and choosing who will win Best Meme at the Club Awards. 

To get in touch with me, my email is My physical and metaphorical door is always open, so feel free to send an email or pop in for a chat at the Guild offices if you ever have any questions, concerns, suggestions, or just want to see some cute photos of my cat, Gus. 

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