It’s term time again! The holidays are over, the winter season is kicking in, and I still don’t have internet at the new flat. But never fear! Imperial College Library is ALWAYS here!
Finding our new house was surprisingly easy. With 8 of us looking to share accommodation, we didn’t think it would be very likely to find somewhere cheap and close to Imperial, but we got lucky. I know lots of people who went through the whole rigmaroll of attending accommodation fairs, going through estate agents, and looking at houses for weeks and weeks before finding anything decent. However, for us, word of mouth was best. I got the number of a landlord who was sorting out a friend and gave him a call asking him what other properties he had for big groups. We saw our house the next day, and signed the contract within two weeks. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. I’ve got my own room, a double bed, and non-stop friend-time for cheaper than a single room in halls, and a half hour walk away from college. I’m sure there are better deals out there, but I feel like we did pretty good!
So we found a house, and we moved in at the start of September. I carted my possessions from various corners of London where they were stored over the summer and created a beautifully organised mess that my mother would be proud of. I went home for a few weeks in September after moving all my things – I had spent the summer working here in London and on holiday in America, where my brother lives with his wife and two kids. All in all, a jolly good time lad.
On a side note, while I was at home in Limerick, I had the good fortune to run into Munir, an Imperial alumnus who had seen my blog and commented on it. He recognised me at a gig and we laughed at the craziness of actually running into each other the one time I was home – here he is, a lovely guy!
Next hurdle, Fresher’s Fair.
Not sure if I had updated the blogosphere about this before posting my Felix radio article, but at the end of last year I was elected the Station Manager of IC Radio for 2011-12. IC Radio is the student radio station at Imperial, and one of the coolest societies on offer, seriously. I just posted a rather more comprehensive article about the society and what we do, so this time I’ll stick to describing my own experiences with being on the other sides of the stand at the Fair.
For one, I had no idea how much work actually went into planning for the Fresher’s Fair. Last year I was a fresher casually perusing the stands and dodging the over-zealous students peddling their societies – this year I WAS one of those over-zealous students peddling her society. Interspersed with a few casual insults thrown at the other stands, of course.
As of this year, because of financial cutbacks in virtually every sector, our society’s publicity budget has been severely lessened – to nothing, in fact. It’s not just us – everyone seems to be in the same boat. Anyway, our lack of funds made it exponentially difficult for our stand to provide as many free goodies this year. We had some jellies and lollipops, but mostly the sound of music blasting from our speakers and our enthusiastic sweet-talking was the enticing incentive our freshers got this year. And it seemed to work! We had a bit of trouble getting power at the start, and we had to make several trips to the library printers to replenish our handy flyer stock, but all in all, it was a successful outing! We’re almost at full membership, and from what I can tell so far there’s some really great enthusiasm this year, which is awesome!
In other news, our blogs were featured in the online Imperial magazine Reporter. An online compilation of our bloggers’ best bits can be found in that article here. The radio article I posted up here made an appearance in the music section of our newspaper Felix last week, which was rather thrilling, I won’t lie. Also, with the campaign for getting new bloggers, all of our faces have appeared on the Imperial website’s homepage – my face greeted me first thing last Tuesday morning in the computer labs, it was quite scary. I should’ve taken a screen snapshot, but my expression was too terrifying to be documented on this I’m afraid. To give you an idea, it looked a little like this – only much goofier.
Radio, Felix, blogging, Reporter… Not at all the typical attention-loving youngest child, am I? Here’s to the new year!