Year 2, Term 1 so far! (Part 2)
In my last post I discussed what I’ve been doing academically in the first four weeks, so now I’m going to talk about everything the social side of Term 1 so far!
The first week of the year was VERY busy. As I am on the exec for the Writing Society, the first week was really important for recruiting new freshers to our society and running our taster events. The Societies Fair took place on Wednesday, where we manned our stall from 10-4 in the middle of a very busy Sports Hall and talked to hundreds of first years and postgraduate studens about what we do as a society. This was followed by our events on Friday and Saturday where we held a ‘Meet the Exec’ social in Varsity, giving new members the chance to meet us and each other, and a taster writing session in The Writers Room where we ran lots of fun writing games and activities. Since then, the society has been flourishing in the last few weeks; we have been holding twice weekly writing sessions as well as other socials including a bar crawl in collaboration with Cobalt Magazine, dinner at Pizza Express, and a Halloween bar crawl coming up tonight!
It’s been exciting getting to see all of my friends again too, as many of us were really busy over the summer and didn’t get the chance to travel to meet up with each other, so there has been many coffee meet-ups and dinners! The best was visiting five of my flatmates from last year in Leamington and having dinner at theirs, which was really lovely – we might not all live together any more, but we’re still firm friends and I know that I’m welcome there any time.
In Week 1, I also got the opportunity to be on student radio! I’d never done it before, so I was a bit nervous, but I had great fun! It was the first episode of a new show run by my friend Sam, all about literature and publishing, and I was featured as the writer of the week, so I had the chance to read out some of my own work and discuss it with Sam and the other guests, Dom and Eleanor. It was a 9am show on a Friday morning, so I had to be on campus very bright and early, but it was more than worth it and hopefully I’ll get the chance to go back on again soon!
Lastly, I’ve got a new job as well, working as a Steward in the Mead Gallery in the Arts Centre. This is a really fun job as it’s low-pressure as opposed to some of the more frantic retail jobs I’ve had in the past, but you still get the chance to interact with members of the public and discuss the art work with them. The exhibition changes every term, so there’s always something new to see.
As you can see, I’ve been keeping myself very busy so far this term – it’s tiring, but in a good way! I’m currently home for the weekend, and then on Monday I’ll be back to uni to begin another busy week, just the way I like it.