Thank You, Alcuin ❤️

After months of planning and preparation, for me Freshers Week is over. 

I first joined Alcuin College Committee because of the wonderful support I had from the wellbeing team in Alcuin College, particularly from my queer mother goose Sophie Jorgensen-Rideout in Freshers Week 2015. The work of STYCs, Head STYCs, College Committees, College Teams, and YUSU goes so far to make a positive stamp for the rest of the year – and certainly did when I was a fresher.

Alcuin in Winter

This year, as part of my Wellbeing duties I spent a lot of time with Visiting students some of whom told me how lovely it was to visit the campus collegiate system because they felt really cared for and this for me is all we could hope for.

For me this year has been hugely stressful – organising events, attending meetings, and dedicating just a huge part of your personal time for the college; but more so than this it has been immensely rewarding and informative to be part of The University of Yorks huge wellbeing support network.

Being Vice President I’ve made a lot of mistakes, some which you could predict some which you couldn’t – what’s important is not that you made these mistakes it’s being able to accept and adapt with them and passing on that knowledge so that following committees can learn.

College Vice Presidents for Wellbeing and former YUSU Wellbeing Officer

Here’s a run through of my Freshers Week:

Constantly popping to and fro Coop and uni of york with huge amounts of water, bread, cheese, and ham. – I’d advise future VPs to do online shopping in advance but it was well amusing either way, plus I could do with the workout.

Bike laiden with water
In CSAC you do so many things you never usually would. check out my awful owl in the bottom right as part of Disabled Officer Rachel’s Crafternoon. 

Events Officer, Laura’s Music Shuffle Bingo Afternoon used such a simple concept very effectively. If you have a talent share it with others – if not you can try and enable other to share theirs.

This year due to good marketing lots of people attended our college presidents brilliant walking tour, every year these tours are run giving a brilliant orientation to the city and some local history too – not to mention gelato.

Being able to use the JCR for cool events such a wine and cheese evenings and board games nights creates a lovely environment for freshers and college memebers to chat and hang out – in a less intimidating environment than club nights or perhaps for some block predrinks 

What also makes freshers week is all of the really lovely and interesting first years you meet. Everyone is so excited and hopeful and you’re all buzzing to start studying and being a student. It’s been a pleasure Wellbeing for you all.

Freshers week went really well due to the hard work of everyone involved. From the committee to the college team and STYC system – those who #GaveAHoot and chipped in to help other have a good time.

And a huge thank you to my amazing wellbeing subcommittee who worked hard all year round to look out for Alcuin College. Roa Tikalali our dynamic BAME Officer, Louise Racke and Zita Hui caring international officers, Rachel McGlone and until graduation Poppie Barnett, who have been excellent help when I’ve been particularly in need, our disabled officers; Mark Quah and Hannah Risser LGBTQ Officers hosting lovely socials, as well as the wonderful Phillipe Lefevre (who will return to alcuin next year) and Sam Linley Men’s Officers and Tara Cahil and Ellie Fenwick our women’s officers who are running really cool events this term!

This is the end of my time on college committee, I’m leaving before the end of my term as of Saturday – while I’ve enjoyed it a lot I needed to avoid the added stress and anxiety on top of my course and think my work is best put into other places for the rest of the year.

Please though, run for college committee next term to learn from my mistakes, to make your own, and to ensure Alcuin’s lovely freshers week and inclusive college environment continues!

I’m off to the pub to enjoy alcohol again🍷🦉

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