Surrey SabbCast

Welcome to Surrey 2021

September 10, 2021 University of Surrey Students' Union Season 2 Episode 1
Surrey SabbCast
Welcome to Surrey 2021
Show Notes Transcript

Meet your Student Union sabbatical team for 2021 - 2022 as they introduce themselves and talk about what their arrival to University was like - what they would do again, and how they got the most out of their freshers week when arriving at the University of Surrey

Sabbs 2021

President: Ajay 
VP Voice:  Megan
VP Activity: James
VP Support: Leri
VP Community: Nat

Voiceover:

Welcome to the Surrey Sabbcast. news from the University of Surrey Students Union, all about your student life and what your elected officers have been doing for you this week, representing you across the University of Surrey. Find out more@www.usu.co. UK, or find us on Instagram and Facebook at sorry, Union.

Ajay:

So we're just gonna do quick introductions. My name is AJ. I'm the union president for this year. Hi, everyone. My

Nat:

name is Nathaniel on that for short, and I'm your vice president community for the show.

Leri:

Hi, everyone. My name is Leri, I'm your vice president support for this year.

Megan:

Hello, everyone. My name is Megan, and I'm the Vice President voice for this year.

James:

And Hello, my name is James and I'm your vice president for activity fifth year,

Ajay:

fab. So the way this is gonna work is it's just basically an informal chat for you guys to get to know us. And obviously some of you are freshers here, right University of Surrey. So we'll just talk you through Pat's office, your experience, and also just general things about salary. And so to go back to introduction, so the way the union works is there's a union president, and there's four vice presidents, which are divided into different zones. But we won't get into the semantics about that. So when I was a savvy state, and I actually studied law here, I thought like law was quite a good degree was something I was interested in.

Megan:

So I studied law, and Larry's and so ajf thought it was a really good degree. And I really enjoyed my free years, I've now graduated. So yeah, it was it was pretty fun.

Leri:

I studied criminology and sociology whilst I was at Sorry, I enjoyed my degree a lot. I really enjoyed studying at a level. And that's why I took on two degree. And I got to study like a variety of different things like there were lots of modules available. And I really, really enjoyed it. So

Nat:

I studied business management with marketing, I knew I wanted to study management and marketing, specifically, since secondary school. I also knew that the degree was a nice feeder into the career path in the entertainment industry and the business side, which is what I want to get. And so I enjoyed the time in sorry, Business School overall. And I know James actually studied in Serbian school with me as well, albeit on a different course.

James:

Yeah, so I mean, I studied that service in school with now on a slightly different pathway. So I studied accounting and finance, which is really, really interesting, actually. And it carried off my studies at college. And I also went on to work for the business school, and I did some marketing work with them. So although accounting and finance mainly about accounting, like you have multiple pathways for you to kind of follow your own passions and dreams within your career. So it was really interesting to work and also study at the business school. Great.

Ajay:

And so maybe we should just talk about arrival in terms of like what to expect when you arrive at sorry, and then we can sort of talk about our freshers experience, because I'm sure that's what everyone wants to hear about. And so typically when you arrive as a meal and weekend period, but obviously I understand that not everyone moves in during that period of time. But you essentially move into your accommodation you get to meet your housemates you arrange your room decorate however your heart desires. And then you usually go to University Hall to get your campus card. So that basically gives you access into the library and also like your laundrette on campus or Manor Park, always on farm, depending on where you live and there's usually going to be a welcome talk and so there'll be a welcome talk this year in the market with like university staff members and then you'll get to meet us your sabbatical officers for the year so we'll just talk about ourselves and what to expect and we also have freshers week coming up on freshers week and also freshers fair but not can talk about freshers fair shortly so you guys know what to expect in terms of the activities happening during that period of time. But before we get into the nitty gritty let's just talk about when we first arrived at sorry, James How did you find your arrival when you first came?

James:

Yeah, so for me it was really interesting actually. So I didn't have any of my mates from Southampton which is where I'm from come to university. So it was kind of like a completely fresh start with completely new people. We had this like whatsapp group chat from like our accommodation blocks done about you guys. And so I knew like names I knew a few faces and stuff and like as you're kind of moving in you kind of CPP you're like yo Okay, are you are you who I think you are? And you kind of have a little chit chat and it's weird seeing people that you don't you haven't got like that kind of personal connection with yet. And it's really really exciting. It's really really really cool. And obviously you have to lug all your luggage and that's a bit long but after that that's when all the partying starts. I went to weights house I got a free burger, which is really really nice after like a long day of moving in. I don't know about you not how as you're moving in.

Nat:

I mean, mine was the same I think so not many people from my my hometown came to sirenis American Sorry, but I knew I wanted to get involved when the first day so in the run up to freshers week. had all the clubs and societies I wanted to join at freshers fair but also had a outline of all the events especially in rubix that were going on. I did go to his house to get the burgers as well. I think my first impression was really from moving and we can so I know for us that the union moving weekend is our biggest volunteering event that we do each year and it really does set the tone for your impression of how you're going to move in. I think the freshers angels and supers that were helping me were just awesome and then you went into rubix and loved it went out every single night loved it man it was a nice balance when this has actually taught you during the mornings and in the evenings are going out again with your with your families and friends. So definitely a lovely experience and excited for freshers. Yeah this freshers week this year.

Ajay:

Sema was completely different when I came I was late festival. Did you know how easy to give you a time slot in terms of like moving in, it's like come between 4pm to 3pm or whatever time slot you chose. I was definitely late for mine. But it's okay, if you're late, they'll still let you through Don't worry, you know in this year and then I just unpacks but then the thing is I'm on a Sunday after 4pm and I wanted to get a taxi to get food right but Tesco prints at 4pm so that was a bit rubbish on my part. So I had to go Tesco the next day but I didn't really have much food with me so it was a takeaway but in terms of moving and weekend was pretty chill to be honest. It's more so like setting up your room decorating or how you want to decorate because obviously you were there for an entire year. So you want to come home to somewhere that's like peaceful and happy vibe so I definitely say decorate however you want to say films a lot more homely. Like I remember some of my housemate they had like pictures with their friends from home they got very lights LED lights, just that sort of thing to make them feel comfortable. And in terms of freshers week I don't think I didn't really go out much in freshers week. I'm not gonna lie. I was that person that pretty much was like in my room and I came with a friend from school so I had her so one thing I would say to freshers if you are come in don't do what I did like go out there socialise as events in rubix during that week, there's going to be things in the campus marquee just get involved as much as possible because everyone is a new slide most people will be freshers and everyone probably feels how you're feeling. So the quicker you get out there and speak to people will be a lot more like happy you'll be in have a lot more enjoyable freshers week, essentially. But Larry, I feel like you're more of a pious person. Did you go out to Rubik's cube and pressures and stuff like that?

Leri:

So yeah, I was gonna say um, for me, that was the first thing I did was I really wanted to go out and socialise. I'm a very extroverted person. I love being around people. So I remember moving in, I'll go back to moving in. But moving in the first thing I remember seeing all the freshers angels. I was in the car with my parents, and we were moving in and seeing all of these like lively, energetic people. It really made me feel like this is my place. I'm going to have so much fun here. And then the night that I moved into my accommodation, so once my parents had left, the first thing that I did was go and meet everyone in my block. I went round everyone's flats and I was like, Hi, my name is Larry, do you want to be friends essentially and I invited everyone back to my kitchen and there must have been about 2030 people there which I know you can't do during COVID this was back in 2017 so a long time ago, but we all had drinks and we're playing party games and we're getting to know each other and it's probably one of my fondest memories at university is that one night where we just got to know everyone I did go out a lot during freshers as well. You know the union puts on some great events during freshers some in the nightclub some not. But it's always great to get involved in however you feel comfortable so if you are a party verson got to the nightclubs and have some fun and if you don't like nightclubs, there are other venues and other events going on that you can get involved with and that's something I really like about sorry is the inclusivity of all the events. Meg How did you find freshers?

Megan:

So yeah, freshers was quite interesting. For me there was no free burgers in my year. But don't worry there will always be something different each year. So my parents didn't pick up any cutlery or any utensils before we moved in and we went to tescos and the stores naturally empty but we went to town and luckily found stuff so don't worry if you can't find anything in tescos because we've got a great town in Guilford which should be full of stuff I got to know my blocks similar to Larry and I went out most nights they had scattered two girls on and bass hunter and all these nice events but again you also had some really nice day events I was a barbecue at the lake which is really pretty and getting to know your course is really nice as well. And getting to in those intro sessions getting to know people was just like really nice. So you get like to meet new friends for your course new friends in your flat and then you've got obviously the clubs and societies at freshers fair on Friday and I think that was the highlight of the week for me getting around freshers fair and just seeing everything talking to everyone and taking on interest because even if you don't join those clubs and societies, it's nice to, you know, look into new things.

Ajay:

Yeah, what you said about like, do obviously Tesco here do you do like DVDs and bedsheets and all of that stuff. But I don't know personally I feel like just come with as much as possible. But that's just me personally, I had everything ready. I mean, I know Tesco do run out because all students are oligos who don't know what do they don't have a bedsheet and then they go, and then Tesco does run out of things really quickly. That's just my opinion. Personally,

Megan:

we I mean, my parents are so unprepared. It's unreal,

James:

literally, I mean is moving in days, like a it's a process. It's like a spreadsheet and all sorts of my family. Like we had all the bedding swords. My whole farm room turned into like a, like a sanctuary of things that I was saying to University of me, which is quite funny. And so then when we moved on to university, like everything is ready to go in like a specific order and everything now my mom is very over over the top Blether. Yeah, honestly, my biggest tip I can give you is bring as much as you can with you. If your parents driving in, that's amazing. See, if you're International, you're flying in, bring what you can. And there's plenty of shops and stuff in Guilford. So you can have a little browse throughout the day and buy whatever else you need. But my one big tip is just unpack straightaway, because if you don't unpack straight away, it's gonna be left in boxes for ages and ages and ages. And it's like, it's almost like the easiest way to settle down is just have a clean, packed, unpacked bedroom. So you can go out to relax in the evening get absolutely wasted. And he kind of come back you're like, Ah, my bed is made for me like, perfect. Let's go. Got to worry about your next morning when you've got a massive hangover. I don't know about anyone else. But yeah, my biggest tip.

Nat:

One other tip, I would say as well. And I think we've already touched on it is definitely get especially given that we have a wide variety of events. Obviously, we as it's up to me, Larry and Ballymena. We like going out but we have we have a wide variety of events alcoholic and non alcoholic, there's just really to get out there meet new students. I mean, I think one of my favourite memories is on the one being in line of river axe and then still speaking to that same person that you only met that one night four years later, and they remembering you, because you added them on Snapchat or you're in a pitch with them somewhere else on Facebook or, or something like that. And I think that really just comes from going out there meeting other students who you may have otherwise not have met in any other instance. And I think that is a really awesome thing that we get to help facilitate this really. Yeah, so that'll be one tip for me. Definitely

Ajay:

about like going out and stuff because I see I mentioned I didn't really go out that much impressions. But I think one thing that was helpful for me is I joined like ACS which is like the African Caribbean society. So we had a meet and greet. And that was just like a chance for other students from the same cultural background to like engage with each other and get to meet other people that are similar because obviously company a hometown you probably used to people you hang around with and obviously university can be a bit of a change compared to what you're used to. So join ACF Timmy was quite comfortable in terms of meeting people that are from the same culture as me and also just a chance to kind of socialise. But Janesville notes you guys want to talk about freshers fair and what that actually looks like for students, freshers fair

Nat:

is running on the Friday, Friday 24th official hours off of mine so for the quiet period is nine to 12 and essentially what it will look like for you as students is it will take place in a big market and you will go in and we will have all clubs and all societies in there. And it gives you the opportunity to speak to representatives from their committee to hear more about the society what the global society's plans are for the year and essentially how you can get involved it is a great opportunity because I think you know we have the information online for you to research about societies but there's nothing better than actually hearing the plans directly from the committee as well. And at the same time you're also more likely to bump into other students as well who are opposite the stores interested in the same societies as you I mean, he mentioned you know ACS he was president of ACS when I joined in my first year for example that's a thing you know, you can join like you can join us in societies and meet new students and and you also you're definitely not limited to the number of societies and clubs you can join as well. So I joined ACS I joined business society I joined running an athletics and obviously James can speak to the clubs and societies as

Ajay:

well. Do we have any like clubs or societies there? What we have because I thought you did well also because it very correct me if I'm wrong,

Leri:

I didn't join societies until my final year. Alright, so I'm, yeah, I'm very behind with societies and things that was just never something I got involved with, like, because I did a lot of socialising. At the start, I kind of made a very big group of friends and I didn't really search outside that so it is okay, if you don't join clubs and societies. I would always recommend it though. Because when I did join in my final year, it was a lot of fun. And I thought to myself, Oh, why didn't I do this sooner? Like why did I have a fear? Like when I was in second year, I was like, Oh, I can't join anything because you know, it's too late, but it's never too late. You can always just jump in wherever and make friends. And I realised that in my final year, so I was a bit late to that game.

Megan:

Yeah, so I had a very similar experience. So straightaway, I dropped In the Law Society, so I wanted to be involved in my academic cohort, I met loads of friends through that and did a lot of competitions for law, but I'm also part of the mountaineering club. But I was fearful of financial barriers between sports clubs and sort of that thing, but I joined during the middle of my first year during refreshes. So if you don't get the opportunity at freshers fair, you've got the opportunity at refreshes, which is hosted around Second, the beginning of second semester. And like Larry said, You're it's never too late to join. And I've not regretted it since and wish I'd joined a little bit earlier, but it's really enjoyable. And you can start from the beginning, I've never done any climbing or hiking before, at least in the not in the capacity that we do it.

James:

I went to freshers fair on the Friday. It's amazing. It's like hundreds of 1000s of people as massive, massive 10. At least there was before COVID anyway. And they speak to all these people behind these tables to have these passions and hobbies. And there's loads of exciting things they talk about. They talk about the holidays that go on, they talk about different leagues and tournaments enter into the talk about different socials they have. So it's all so so exciting, especially when you're like completely new to university. It's like a really, really, really fun and cool atmosphere there. And so for me, personally, I started off, I'm very sporty. And so sports is kind of where I'm at. and headphone probably in this position now actually. And I actually my very first club that I signed up to was touch rugby, but admittedly it's because I didn't know what touch rugby was. And I kind of got myself moved off of like tag rugby, and which is completely my fault. But I was very hung over turned out to touch rugby not realising it was with a rugby ball. And so it turned out was that oh, this isn't what I was expecting. Let's do what a really fun time but it just wasn't my cup of tea. So I didn't go back to it. And then about an hour later, I went to a dodgeball session. And dodgeball was something that I played in p at school. I've watched the film. I had these few TV theories on a TV character challenge back in the day. So I knew about dodgeball, but I never played it properly before. And these guys were in like really crazy coloured t shirts. They had like this holiday they go to every year it was sounded really cool. So I was like, yeah, sure common upbringing, my flatmates long kind of like, support. I don't know if anyone else brought anyone with him to go to parties or anything, but it's always nice to have a flatmate with you. And anyways, I went and tried out a session. I loved it, but I mainly loved the people in the atmosphere there. And there were a bar crawl. And then the rest is kind of history. Really, I didn't really leave. And to say I'm still playing dodgeball, and I was on the committee for three years. And you're not limited to one club or society either. Like there's literally over 160 170 clubs and societies for you to choose from. So it's truly something for everyone. So if you're not in sport, that's fine. You've got things like Disney society that go through Disney films, you've got things that the baking society do annual weekly like baking sessions, you've got cultural studies such as like the Italian society for any of you Italian students out there people that love these Halloween culture, enjoying that so that's truly something everything

Nat:

Yes, I assign up to a fair few clubs and societies at freshers fair. In terms of committee, I set up my own society, and advertise marketing PR society at the end of my first year, and I became treasurer. So business side as well. Then stayed on committee for three years and joined a few other societies. But I think generally in terms of the university experience, in terms of the experience, you get, you know, organising events and working within a team, the experience you get from working with the union and being able to collaborate with other clubs or societies and just meet new people. Gemini is definitely definitely been one of my many highlights from my time at sorry, so I would 100% agree. Yeah,

Ajay:

I'd say get involved in clubs and sites. I did ACS I was part of it as my first year. And then in my first year, I ran for president and then as president in second year, and I also did a bit of girls football. Just because I like to think on quite the athlete. Side doing girls football is just good vibes. It's just a chance to meet new people and socialise. Because I mentioned I wasn't the most active initially but don't let that stop you. You can get as involved as you want to, but also staying away from just like sorry, focused things I'd say also to consider like town as well because our campus is very close to town. So even if you just want to go for dinner with your friends, we've got tgis Gbk. Like there's loads of shopping centres and things nearby. Obviously, the process shot to us in terms of food wise is Tesco. But I believe there's an Audi not too far off depending on if you're a student that doesn't live on campus, because I know Some students may choose to live in a house with their friends if they know people from home as well. There's also things to get involved in go to restaurant, there's a cinema, there is it At a golf inspection they do like bowling and stuff in there because yeah, so there's loads of things to get involved in like you could just, I don't know when you move in you could pan out in your flatmates and go bowling and golf and spectrum and then hit town and go for dinner and Nando's I don't know, it's entirely up to you but there are things in town to get involved in as well.

Megan:

So my flat actually 13 of us went to Nando's for a nice meal out and our freshers week. That is, it was really nice and it was really easy to organise as well. I mean, it's nice to get organised together. We had a little group chat, we all went to Nando's it was a really nice experience and it wasn't too expensive as well. I think sometimes people have this fear of like, barriers when it comes to going out. But there's a range in town. There's some expensive places, but there's some cheaper alternatives as well. In terms of my favourite place, and sorry, that's quite a difficult one. I like going to creams that's quite a nice place and also tassel Bay as well. So creams does some nice desserts, so craps, waffles, sundaes, whatever you want. It's there sugar wise, and then tell sorbet does really nice cocktails. Sometimes they do two for one on special nights. And they also do like a bottomless brunch if you want to go out with friends. So that's probably my two highlights.

Leri:

My favourite thing about sorry, is the people I've met here. Like in school, I didn't really have like a lot of friends. I didn't have a big network of friends. And since moving to university, I've met so many incredible people. And it really makes me feel at home like I'm from South Wales. So sometimes I refer to Surrey as my home instead of Wales anymore, because I feel like the majority of the people that I love and care about are here now. Regarding places I love, if we're gonna go on the campus, I love rubix so much citrus Wednesday nights with DJ Leroy will always have my heart by also it's not necessarily sorry, but if you have a car, maybe a 20 minute drive from here, there is a piece called the Alice Holt forest. And I know it's a bit random. I'm a very big fan of the Gruffalo and have been since I was a very little kid. And in Alice Holt forest, they have like a Gruffalo trail with loads of statues of all the characters and I've never been as happy as I was was walking through that forest. I also really really like the charity shops in Guilford because I'm someone who's quite sustainable, and I like to shop secondhand, and they're really, really good and you can find some really cool things in there. So for me, I

James:

mean, there's different things I love about Gilfillan story and again, I came from a massive city so it's quite nice coming to a slightly smaller town. And so I was a bit worried at first about like nightlife and stuff like that, but actually, I've kind of been blown away rubix is probably my favourite nightclub actually. And now which is kind of surprising. Yeah, sounds it's got some massive ones. But for me, Guilford the people I again, I know Larry said it but honestly, it's weird like everyone in Guilford just seems to be so really like really nice, really friendly, really like talkative but like it's really weird that it's hard to you don't get that. So it's something that I kind of noticed straightaway. And that's like a place or a thing to do. The mount is like a really nice hill that we have in Guilford. It's about 1015 minutes walk away from from main campus. And honestly the views up there I'll have a good day you can see London

Unknown:

really I've never been there we need to go not have never been to the Mount many people at this point. I've never been to jail. Of course Yeah, of course. I'll take you up the mountain. We need to go watch the sunset the mount It's so nice,

James:

literally honestly was like a little glass of wine as well. Like it's proper, proper, nice just to chill and just like champion bass and like the sunsets beautiful up there. But also we're really lucky to have a river go through Guilford as well, the river way. And so during lockdowns, I know I've gone we're talking about COVID and stuff. During lock downs, I used to do loads of jogging down the river just follow the river as far as I could go. And honestly that that in itself is really really lush. And something that is quite unique to sorry, it's like we've got so much green space and so many like natural things you can kind of see and do. And it's just a really nice place to live. And I love it here.

Megan:

Also, we've got really good transport links to London. So I just thought I'd jump in there to say we've got 30 minute trains to London and there's so much to see I do in London if you haven't been just a couple weeks ago, I went on the London I and I went round a couple of the tourists like places but even if some of the museum says some free museums around as well, it's just a really nice place to see and do so yeah, we've got really good transport links here, both to London and to the coast as well. Yeah, I

Ajay:

think that's one of my favourite things about sorry, is that it's close to London. Not gonna lie. Because outside of Toronto, I'm I live in London. So I love the fact that it's very convenient for me to catch a train back home, to and fro, but also another thing, the fact that you can get involved in loads of things I've invested My favourite thing about sorry, in terms of you can join, like so many different crops, so many different societies. And I feel like there's always something to do. Because personally for me, obviously, I was part of ACS and I became president. And then I was also a student life mentor. So like, I would mentor first year students and look after them, just like, make sure they're okay. But that's now been trained to a peer support. I was obviously involved in the students union president now I was previously vice president. And then before that I was a part time also in the Union. So for me, personally, I feel like the governing mazzarri is that there's so many things to get involved in, no matter what you're interested in, say, if you're Christian as a Christian society, if you're Muslim as Islamic Society, if like dancing as dance, you know what I mean? Like, there's something out there for everyone, you just have to make the most of your unique experience. And that's just what it is for me on my terms in terms of my favourite things. Now,

James:

I mean, also sorry, I just wanted to jump in a little bit. I mean, just to carry on, like, literally, you don't have to be good at anything. It sounds really convoluted, but like, you don't have to be good at it to actually join and get involved. It's like, if you've never said for example, we have an archery society. If you've never fired a bernera before, it doesn't matter. Like he literally just rock up say, I've never fired about an hour before. Can you teach me how to do it? And I go, Yeah, sure. Because they've been in their shoes before as well. So literally, you can get involved with literally anything I know people that have gone come to you. I mean, for me, for example, I came to university, never playing competitive dodgeball ever. And now, what, four months later, and not four months later, sorry, four years later, I'm now playing like a national league level. And that's a whole process from like beginner to, I don't say professional, brag, humble brag, humble brag. But like I'm playing it back to where I started from. And that natural progression is with every single club, everything society, and yes, literally nothing to stop you from getting involved.

Megan:

And any role as well. I think it's really important to recognise that you don't need experience to do some roles, not only on committees, but you know, peer support or mentoring, you don't need the experience, you just need to be enthusiastic and volunteer, we have a sorry, volunteering platform where you can do things like that you can be a freshers Angel next year, there's really a wide range of things you can do. But also you don't necessarily need experience to do them. And I think it's really important. Not what about you?

Nat:

I promise. This is not a calculated answer. But hands down is the community of the people. I mean, for me, personally, I associate all of my best memories and so with the people I was with at the time, and from the friends who would, you know, for example, I was super nervous about running to be a core chef, my first year and my other my friends and my project management, my project group at the time said you should go for it. I wanted to but didn't they say have the conference at the time and then ended up being a rep for four years. And then through that, you know, join deliberation committee and like he wanted to be a part time officer. And I think it really just goes down to the point that there were so many things that are not just from clubs or societies, but from the literally many, many, many opportunities we haven't. So volunteering to again, even on the university side. So there's definitely a lot to do. But hands down my favourite thing is just the people I've met and the community that we have, sorry, the opportunities that we have everything all encompassing, in terms of specific places, I would second the amount and like James as well. One of my one of my best tips and other best it would be to explore Guilford. I got early morning ones and sometimes late night runs. That is the best time for me policy to explore all the different areas not just close university but even further out. Guilford is a lovely lovely lovely town and the surrounding areas are well just as beautiful. So definitely get involved and definitely explore Guilford are two things for me.

Ajay:

Well, we're gonna run up soon but before we do if you guys could be a fresher again, obviously you can do it the same you can do differently what would you do as a fresher I feel fresher again. Personally for me, I would go out more because I have all that versus if I wasn't really the most active I probably join more social events or join a club or society and I think I would do something I haven't done before because obviously now I'm coming towards like the end of my sorry career so to say what experience I would probably join a club or society or something I haven't done before. So say for example, I don't know sorry dance quite a quite a big society. I would probably doing them just for fun because it seems like they get up to really cool things. And it's always good to try something out your comfort zone. So personally, I would go out more tapped loads of people and get involved in something. I wouldn't usually learn more about you. Would you still go remix again and again and again.

Leri:

You know me, I would still go to Rubik's all the time. If my kid I would literally live in there if I could. I think similarly to you I would join a club or society of something I've never done before. I think it was something that I completely neglected in my first and second year and It's something that I really would have done because we have so many, as James said earlier, so many clubs and societies, there are so many options of things that you can do. And I really, really wish that I'd get involved. But obviously, you know, I had a great time on my freshers. I think that's the only thing I would have done differently. Because, you know, it was a lot of fun from what I can remember, it was a long time ago. Now. I'm not what about you?

Nat:

So I definitely would definitely I'd definitely go out as much as I did. Ask the first thing, I think I would probably join more clubs as well. I did join athletics, but like at the weather, although other clubs I wish I had joined. I did join a lot of societies. But I think I would definitely join more clubs in a week, I would say as well. One thing I did too, especially during the welcoming talks is I would try and sit next to someone new each time so I can meet more people.

Ajay:

That's a really good idea. Actually, I feel like I did that in terms of lectures, like adds to your needs, and I'm not the most seasoned tend to go out like in lecture. If I sat next to you, I would 100% sweet tea, and we'd become friends by the end of that lecture. And Megan, what about you?

Megan:

Personally, I would have definitely joined mountaineering as sooner, I would have attended more day events. And I think this is kind of a unique one to me. But I would try like in lectures that was a group of girls I was like, trying to fit in with and I didn't really fit in with them. And by the end of you know, the semester I'd met new friends and their friends for life and I think it's just being yourself and recognising that if you don't fit on with people straight away, that's okay. And that there are many friendly people in your horses and in the wider sorry community and you don't have to, you know, conform to people necessarily to try get along. So I think those sort of things. And

James:

so for me, I feel like at the clubs and societies bit of university quite well. I joined dodgeball, I tried a couple clubs that start in my first year stuck with dodgeball and kind of that helped me settle down locks are kind of like a family to kind of integrate me into university. And I think genuinely like, again, I went to Rubik's all the time. And one thing that I did mess up on was I got a freshers wristband for town, and I genuinely just didn't use it ever, like Rubik's is so so so good. And I'm sure Larry can vouch for that. Like Rubik's is amazing. And it's honestly a citrus night is amazing. And so I wish I didn't buy a wristband for town, that'd be one thing I change. But also, it's like post freshers. It's like making sure that I stick on top of my studies. So saying I wasn't prepared for was how similar your teaching is to college in your first year of university. So when I started learning and revising, it was like, oh, okay, I kind of done this before, but then like levels starts to ramp up quite quickly, so I wasn't really prepared for that. So kind of just sticking to your guns, make sure you've got your priorities set. And make sure you keep speaking to parents as well. Like your parents will kind of be like missing you and stuff like the bird flu, like flying from a nest. So make sure you keep in touch to your parents, your family and keep up to date of your friends back home. And, but most importantly, have fun, get involved get stuck in. And don't be afraid to say hello to people because everyone is in the same boat. Everyone has been in the same shoes at least once in their life. And honestly, the first year of your university experience is amazing. That's incredible. And it'll never be as exciting. Agreed,

Ajay:

right? If we can all just say one word to summarise like sorry, or your first experience or would it be I would say exciting. Awesome. I think I would say home for me thrilling. And I would say memorable. Because obviously you can only be refreshing once and you can only really do sorry once and thank you guys so much for listening to the podcast. I've been AJ green president. We have napped your VP community level VP support. Janesville VP activity and Megan VP voice will be around for the year. Feel free to tweet to us and approach us. And thank you guys so much for listening. You can subscribe to our podcast and we'll release more throughout the year. Hope you have a great day. Bye. Bye bye. See you later. Bye.

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