Hey interested readers/my friends who I force to read this in an attempt to validate the existence of this blog.
I’ve been at a placement at the oriental museum so I haven’t written a blog for a while, but I am now on a train, and since my travel buddy prefers knitting to my amazing and interesting conversation, so this is a perfect time to write this.
Fun fact- I stopped writing after that first paragraph because my travel buddy read what I had written and decided to actually talk to me. Its been almost 2 weeks and I have only just started writing this again. I hope everyone is getting excited for starting university. A lot of the Frep’s and exec’s are already there and fresher’s are all arriving soon (some are even arriving today!!!) IT’S REALLY EXCITING! For all of the freshers starting out this year, make sure to come and see us during fresher’s fair. The first fair is at Queens Campus on the Tuesday of the week, then we are in Durham for Wednesday and Thursday. We will have a stall, we will be there all day, and there will always be at least two of us there (sometimes even three!). This is a great time to sign up for our mailing list, ask any questions you have, or just meet us.
In addition to this our mighty president Jo has been “rolling out” active bystander intervention training for the fresher’s reps. I (along with several other members of Welfare Equality and Diversity Committee) took part in a demo for the active bystander intervention training near the end of last year. It’s really good and it’s a really useful skill to understand. If anyone would like to get more involved with it, then please contact the LGBTa, I would strongly recommend it.
On other university news, some of you may have seen that the Students with Disabilities Association is re-establishing under new leadership. It even has a funky new logo. The Students with Disabilities Association serves a similar purpose to the LGBTa. It aims to represent the Students with disabilities at Durham University, and aims to ensure the university is acting in a fair way. If you want to be involved in any way you can contact them through their face book group https://www.facebook.com/durhamswda?fref=ts. The associations have to look out for each #bestbuds
On the non-university side of news. I have previously mentioned the LGBT Leaders conference, one of the organisers has written about why you should attend. Here is a link to that, (http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/09/17/comment-heres-why-you-should-apply-for-lgbt-leaders-2015/). I’ve included it in this blog as it is a really good scheme, and both me and president Jo are big supporters of it, but also if you look really closely at the picture for it, you can see me!!! (also you can see Educate Celebrates Elly Barnes- in a fabulous green jacket that I want).
I am so excited for the upcoming year. I have essentially have a new wardrobe for this academic year, and that’s the sign of true excitement. Though I am mostly excited for meeting all of the new freshers! Just FYI a lot of my friends graduated last year, so I have friend vacancies….just saying (#needy)
P.S. There has been exciting talk on the exec page about a possible new social event next year, I won’t say what it is, but I will say I’m very excited.
P.S.S. I’ve used the word excited 4 times, a sign that my vocabulary is quite limited. So please snap chat or tweet us alternative words instead of excited