thousands tens of loyal occasional readers. I have missed you. I hate leaving you – although it may happen more often than not for the next few months.
You see, I got a job in Sydney but boyfriend is still working on the South Coast. Until we can sort it all out (living situation, etc) I will be travelling 3 hours, each way, every day, to Sydney (well, not EVERY day, it’s 3-4 days a week at the moment, but you get the idea). That’s a LOT of early mornings and late nights and I’m not sure that blogging will be the first thing on my mind (sleep will probably be the first thing on my mind… and food – I love food). But I can promise you that I will post at least once a week. Because I miss you all when I’m away.
I have been volunteering/interning with Eastern Uni Games for the past few months and the past two weeks have been crunch time – and the event. It was great – tiring, but great. I was the Special Events/Media and Marketing Assistant (more events than marketing) and I have figured out why it is such a great event…
It doesn’t try to be something it’s not.
Yes, Unigames is primarily about sport and while students go to Unigames to play sports and bring prestige to their schools, they also go to drink. And I mean… DRINK. Australian University Sport knows this ad while they emphasise the games aspect, they prepare for the drinking aspect. They collaborate with police and managers and venues. They organise a social program so they can keep everyone safe while still providing a fun environment for students.
I love that they fine students who do not participate in the games – if they didn’t, there’s no telling how many students would play (hangovers are a real and ever-present thing). I love that they cater to what students want – a short Opening Ceremony and Closing Presentation, and a whoooooole lotta theme parties.
Yes, there are rules. But they take precautions to make sure that students don’t even get into those situations in the first place. Don’t want stuff getting damaged? Move the stuff. Don’t want students lost and wandering the streets? Put up loads of signs. Don’t want every student asking what time they play? Create an app. Want students to actually come to the social program? Give them door-to-door (basically) buses. It’s pretty smart – especially considering how daft uni students can be (I was a uni student only recently and even the smartest ones become stupid when they’re in the presence of other uni students – especially if they’re sixteen beers deep.
Also, can I just note the awesomeness of Wollongong Mayor Gordon Bardbery? He got the students SO fired up – waving the trophy around, cheering and opening the games… easily the coolest dignitary I’ve ever seen. Good work, Mayor.
Overall, it’s a great event. The focus is sport but there’s no denying that students really love to party and making accommodations for students to show them a great time while still maintaining the prestige of the event… that’s a feat. And they’ve done well.
The 2014 Eastern University Games will be in Sydney and I can’t wait to volunteer at the next one.
See you all there.
(Ahhhhhh, it’s good to be back!)