So I was at the Fresher’s Fair today, and I noticed a couple of amateur errors. So I have a couple of tips for people who plan on going tomorrow:
1. If you’re interested in something, or want to know more about one of the societies, talk to someone. That’s the whole point of people being there in the first place. The people there more than likely want to share what they do anyway, and then you can get answers to any questions you have about it. I saw some people standing back from stalls, trying to find out more from a distance, which is pointless. Just go and ask, it’s really fine.
2. Don’t be afraid to say no. People often make excuses as to why they don’t want to be involved with a particular group, or they overly try not to offend anyone, or they try and avoid eye contact altogether. But the thing is, people understand that their society isn’t for everyone. If it was, you wouldn’t need a society for it, because everyone would be doing it. Another thing is that if people do start hesitating as they try to come up with a reasonable sounding excuse not to join, then the people on the society stall know they’re being lied to. A simple ‘no thanks, it’s not for me’ is totally fine.
3. Do a bit of research. It can get really crowded around the stalls, and really hot, so you don’t really want to spend too much time in there. It’s a good idea to work out the societies you either know you want to join, or the ones you want to find out more about, so that you don’t have to spend more time than necessary in there, but also so that you don’t end up missing something important.
So that’s just a couple of points on dealing with Fresher’s Fair. If you have anymore, I’d be interested to read them in the comments section.