I've been back in Plymouth a month now and as usual, I choose to make myself incredibly busy. Since returning, as well as attending lectures, I've worked open days, organised socials, built myself a new computer, caught up with friends- the full mix.
One of the things I'm particularly proud of this year is that I'm (due to some oversight of democracy, I'm sure!) president of ChemSoc, the Chemistry society. The committee was put together in the first week, and since then we have had a handful of socials including an informal one freshers week to greet freshers after their introductory boat trip (which I also went on.....).
After that, we had a white T shirt night which ended the same way every white T shirt night does, with me (and pretty much everyone else) covered in sharpie..... Not that I actually took any pictures!
Most recently, last week we had the first ChemSoc pub quiz- this is usually a rather lovely affair- we invite the lecturers to come along and add them to teams of students which gives other students a chance to talk to their lecturers in a non-lecture environment, and also prevents all the lecturers turning up, forming a team and crushing all (at least in the science round!).
While this set off with a couple of hitches (last-minute venue adjustment, lack of seating, higher turnout to such an extent that I had to sprint home halfway through to print more answer sheets!) I think it went well overall!
I've gone to the ChemSoc pub quizzes for the last couple of years too- them being a long-standing event of the society- however, this is the first time I wrote some of the questions. This gave me the unenviable task of keeping a beady eye on everyone to check they weren't cheating by using their phones, collecting and marking each round, and sorting out little problems. What that setup did mean, however, is that it gave me a chance to talk to a number of the first and second years, as well as my own peers and lecturers. As a result of this, and a previous conversation with the committee where the idea was suggested, next week I’m going to appear in front of extended sciences as well to invite them to join! Since a number of them are likely to proceed to the Chemistry course next year, I think it gives them a lovely chance to meet us/the lecturers/get an idea of what the course is all about. Of course, if they talk to me, all they'll get is the usual nerdy babble and excitement over whichever practical I did last week....