MUMUS O-Week 2013 was a huge success, with all the usual fun events like the MUKEG Scavenger Hunt and MedFest, as well as a few new ones – MedCruise and an outing to BOUNCEinc! The week kicked off with countless eager first years making their way to the MUMUS stall at the Host Scheme Carnival; many walked away happy with their new Monash Med jumpers and tickets to the upcoming MedCruise. Futures Forum later in the day had an amazing turn out of over 190 students, completely overfilling the lecture theatre, with some having to resort to sitting on the floor to listen to the amazing speakers lined up – one of which was our very own president Harshan Jeyakumar. One of the speakers even stayed behind for afternoon tea following the forum in order to give out signed copies of her book to the new medical students.
The next night, after an exciting all-day scavenger hunt and MedFest, everyone headed to the docks to board the Victoria Star in their fireman/construction worker/doctor costumes for the “When I Grow Up…” themed MedCruise. The night was an unforgettable one, with drinks flowing and music pumping. Even the weather deciding to play nice for the first time that week.
In the following days, we had the International and Interstate Students Forum, which many first years recognised as an invaluable opportunity to meet other non-local students. They expressed gratitude for what they believe to be an extremely informative session. On Thursday, after a few dramas with the Wildfire BBQ and the rain, we managed to herd everyone onto the buses for the last social outing of the week – BOUNCEinc! The venue was hired out exclusively for the new medical cohort to bounce and play trampoline dodgeball as much as they wanted for an hour. It was ridiculous fun, and it turns out that going crazy on trampolines, diving into foam pits and throwing balls at each other is the best ice breaker we have discovered yet – many first years walked away from that hour chatting excitedly to each other and even swapping contact details.
The last MUMUS event of O-Week, after Transition Camp ended on Saturday night, was another new initiative: the Free Slurpies and Q&A Session. We kept the setup quite casual, with just a few representatives from MUMUS and various clubs and societies floating around to address any questions that had been left unanswered. Wildfire served an excellent BBQ once again.
Overall, we’d say O-Week this year was an amazing success. Not only that, but it was the best fun to organise and be a part of! Many thanks to everyone who helped out, particularly Harshan Jeyakumar (President), Ed O’Bryan (Social VP) and the entire Wildfire team.
Luke Nelson and Jocelyn Shan
(O-Week and Med Camp Convenors)