The new academic year is officially here and our campus is suddenly packed with students and life. The beginning of the year 2009-10 was marked with last week’s Freshers’ Week. Although I wasn’t able to attend any of the week’s festivities, I spent my day at the Fresher’s Fair on Friday.
What is the Freshers’ Fair?
Whoever has studied and/or worked for a UK university must be familiar with this term. The Freshers’ Fair is the peak of all celebrations, as student societies and clubs gather in an area set up as an exhibition aiming to introduce themselves to the newcoming students, grab their attention and attract new members. Freshers’ Fairs are an opportunity for first year undergrads and postgrads to meet like-minded people and to join societies that match their interests, while it’s an opportunity for everyone to have some fun and entertain themselves. My personal favourite part in Freshers’ Fairs – I must admit – is the various candy treats which societies offer hoping to attract more people.
What did I do there?
I helped our Entrepreneurs’ Club promote its causes and introduce itself to the newcomers. Albeit being a specialized society, we did very well, as we signed up about 100 members. Also, we did not offer candy, but we did offer money. To be exact, we promoted our entrepreneurship competitions for students which we’ll run throughout the year, which offer cash prizes to the winners. Our introductory catch-phrase “would you like a chance to win £1,000?” seemed to have worked very well, as lots of students stopped by to talk to us and find out more.
Apart from that, I really enjoyed the whole atmosphere and buzz and I’m already looking forward to next year’s Freshers’ Fair.