The past week or so has been super hectic with Erasmus and Exchange society stuff. International Welcome Week is always a busy but important time of year for us, seeing as all the Erasmus and Study Abroad and International students usually arrive around about this time. Our main aim is to make sure that international students have an amazing time at Leicester, so we try to be as active as possible at the start of the academic year.
This week has felt pretty similar to about this time last year when I started my Erasmus year in Pisa. I’m not complaining at all because I miss Erasmus so much!! I guess you could say I’ve kind of taken advantage of my role in ULEES to sort of relive Erasmus, but in my own country. I’ve also found it’s a good opportunity to improve my Italian, as there are quite a few Italian students doing Erasmus at Leicester. I have to admit, the University of Leicester has done a really good job of welcoming its international students. They have organised so many welcome and orientation events throughout the week and even spent time picking up some students from the airport. There was barely anything like this when I was in Pisa. I think there was one or maybe two welcome lectures and that’s about it. Obviously there’s the Pisa Erasmus Student Network that organises stuff for international students, so it’s not like there’s nothing at all. So, yeah, it’s been really interesting to experience Erasmus from this different point of view. And I have to say I’m jealous of all the support that international students are offered during their time at Leicester!
International Freshers’ Fair was fun but super busy. It’s more important than Freshers’ Fair for our society, seeing as most of our members are international students, so we made a real effort. Amongst shouting over the ridiculously loud music (I don’t wanna be a party pooper but we were right in front of the stage in the O2 and we had to shout all day to be heard. Nightmare) we managed to sign up over 100 people! Woop woop. For Freshers’ Fair on Monday and Tuesday we’ll be looking to sign up second years who are thinking about doing a year abroad and fourth years who have just done a year abroad. Not sure if we’ll get as many sign ups this time but we’ll see!
So ULEES has done a few socials already. So far we’ve had a meet and greet at Dry Dock, a Thirsty Thursdays Welcome Party at Revolution and a traditional English tea party. I’m trying to make the most of my freedom before term starts and the real work begins. I’ll have to return to reality next week as I’ll be going to the Returners’ Event and some final year meetings. But I’m really glad that I decided to get involved with the Erasmus and Exchange society. I’ve met so many nice people this week and am looking forward to the year ahead!