Tom, our new Geog Soc president took 5 minutes to answer 10 quick questions…
1. Hi Tom, thank you for your introducing yourself on our blog. As the new president of the geography society, can you tell all of the soon to be geographers what the society is all about?
Well firstly, it is an academic society that aims to foster a sense of community within the school of Geography, which is essentially a society that brings people together around the shared love for all things Geography related. We organise events throughout the year, ranging from Geography related lectures, nights out, day trips, dinners and loads of other exciting social events.
2. What are your specific intentions for the society this year?
We want to make the society more active than ever before. Geography students are diverse and we want to organise regular events that cater to everyone. That is to say we won’t just be doing bar crawls, we want every student to enjoy our events and socials. We also want members to be involved in steering the direction of the society by suggesting events and engaging with the committee.
3. How can freshers go about joining Geog Soc?
You can join the Society through the Queen Mary Student’s Union website (www.qmsu.org). Or you can join us by signing up at our stall during the freshers fair.
4. Why is there a membership fee?
Like most other societies we have a membership fee of £5, all of which goes towards the running of our society, including the organisation of events, and advertising them. The membership will give you full access to all of our events throughout the academic year, some of which will include great discounts. It is definitely a bang for your buck!
5. Talking about freshers week, what does Geog Soc have lined up for freshers and returning students alike in the first few weeks of Semester A?
We will be helping the School of Geography in running a treasure hunt during freshers week and we will also be organising an event at Drapers (the student’s union bar) in which freshers and returning students can all meet around some drinks. We also want to host a joint event with Springboards! Once everyone has started to settle into their new lives at QM, we want to organise a few tours of London and potentially a roller disco night.
6. Over your first 2 years at QM, how has the society added to your uni experience?
The society has helped me meet new people and make good friends from all years. I feel like it has also helped create a greater sense of community within the school.
7. What has been your fondest memory (so far) with the society?
My greatest memory was most likely the curry evening in Brick Lane during my second year. Saying that, the Geog soc organised a trivia quiz during freshers week, it was a really good ice-breaker and it encouraged me to talk to people who are now my closest friends.
8. Where are society events likely to take place? Are trips ever organised to new places?
Events will mostly take place across London, however, we will be organising day trips out of the city to places such as Brighton and Cambridge. We also want to visit Thorpe Park during the Halloween period.
9. What are you most looking forward to as President?
The thing I look forward the most as President is to meet all the new members and to really improve the society this year. I think that seeing the society grow and being enjoyed by lots of Geographers will be really rewarding.
10. Finally, here’s your last opportunity to sell Geog Soc to our soon to be first years:
Geography is a very social science and our society reflects that. It is great way to make the most of your first year at QM. You will make good friends, have a good time, and who knows you may even meet the Geographer of your dreams. In all seriousness, if you are a Geography student you would be silly not to join the society.