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So it’s that time of 2nd term where the By-Elections come rolling around. Whilst it can really come off as a drag with yet more campaign posters and flyers scattered about the place this is really is an amazing opportunity up for grabs!
Most likely you will have a pretty good idea as to why you will want to run, I’m sure by this point those of you who want to take up a role in your JCRC will have already decided or considered it. Yet I thought, from my perspective of a year and a bit within a JCRC, it may be good to to put up some massive benefits that come from working in your college community.
1 Your CV….
This doesn’t really need much explaining, but any role you take up counts as volunteer work within a large student body and university life as a whole. Each comes with their own unique perks. For example become a tech officer will provide you basic tech training and you will be helping out in large events throughout the year. Likewise as campaigns officer you will be promoting awareness and activities with other groups and societies, massive bonuses that any employer will like to see!
2. Get to know your college!
Goodricke is awesome, simple fact, and by jumping into the JCRC you get to meet people across the board from the staff who help run the college, to students who you wouldn’t meet otherwise from several other flats, degrees and societies. It’s a great build up in confidence and you really do not know who you’re going to meet in this world so by joining the JCRC you are able to see every element of Goodricke at work!
3. Connections Connections
Building on my second point, you don’t know if the next person you going to speak to may be impressed by your skills and resourcefulness and may look to do extra projects or ideas with you in the future. University is an opportunity and the JCRC is a brilliant way to harness that fact. You will work with fellow students to staff members to the citizens of York and each new face may bring up fresh information, ideas or opportunities that you just wouldn’t have seen otherwise.
4. Help shape Goodricke College!
By getting involved in the JCRC you gain a direct voice into the workings and daily goings on of College life. If you don’t like what a policy may lead to or if you believe that your idea will alter lives in Goodricke for the better then this is your chance to capitalize on it. It can be the smallest thing from a change to something in the nucleus to looking to bringing in a fresh event which the entire college can get behind, it’s your opportunity to make it happen!
5. Motivating Yourself to do more!
I suppose just a general summary of each point but this really is your time to shine! The JCRC opens up a hundred different possibilities and it can really help you in organizing your time and life here at York. Personally I found my role as just a Newsletter officer in the JCRC last year was brilliant in motivating me to do more and socialize with the college community. If you feel that you can become unmotivated or procrastinate the JCRC can sharpen your focus and help you give yourself weekly goals and daily targets which you want to achieve!
These are just a couple ideas floating around and there are a million and one reasons as to why these By-Elections are something that you shouldn’t let pass you by.
Hope you all had a great first term and good luck with everything in 2014.
Scott, Vice-Chair Welfare.
The Goodricke Freshers site is now open! The site is full of useful info about starting University and the college itself. It’s the perfect place to meet your flat mates and STYCs, ask questions, see the full freshers’ week timetable, view 360Â° panoramas of the college accommodation/facilities, and more!
Simply login with your Facebook and University account at the link below:
by David Cribb
6 months 11 days ago
First things first, congratulations for getting into York, and a big welcome to the best college at York, Goodricke!
If you’ve heard anything about Freshers Week at York you may have heard the term STYC thrown about, but you still might not know what a STYC actually is. A STYC can be many things, but one thing they definitely aren’t is a small branch that has fallen off a tree (apologies for that appalling joke…)
A STYC (Second and Third Year Contact) is a current student who is a member of Goodricke College, who is in their second or third year and has volunteered to help out during freshers week. Each flat in college has two or more STYCs who befriend freshers and help them out in the first few weeks of term and beyond. They’re there to help you settle in and answer any questions you might have about freshers week, the college, university etc. They also accompany their flats on a the nights out.
The advantage of having someone with you who knows the fastest way across York, the best value taxis, and any other knowledge they have accumulated during their time at York is invaluable. Not only this but many STYCs remain good friends with their freshers for years.
So hopefully that should answer any questions you might of had about STYCS!
See you all in September!
by Dean Hickey
6 months 19 days ago
You’re probably all sick of hearing that but it’s important to acknowledge you’ve all worked incredibly hard to get here and we want to celebrate that.
As a JCRC (Junior Common Room Committee) we’ve got the task of organising your Freshers Week and ensuring that your time in York gets off to the best possible start. We’ve got a hold range of pretty amazing activities and events planned this year so stayed tuned to our Official Goodricke Freshers 2013 Facebook page for updates, handy hints and Freshers info.
Stay tuned for more!
Where do I begin…
From the ABC disco to the final Goodricke Netball social of the year, I can honestly say that Goodricke has given me the best, most exciting first year I could have asked for. I remember timidly donning my Aussie flag in an attempt of an outfit for the ABC silent disco on the first night of freshers, never could I have imagined some of the crazy moments and insane stories that were ahead of me in my first year at Goodricke.
I have loved living in the college, Oliver Sheldon flat 12 to be precise. First and foremost the facilities are outstanding. I loved my study room with fancy en-suite and huge kitchen. On top of this the lovely JCR and GCR which was the perfect meet up spot for my friends and I, whether just chilling and chatting (with GoodMood cakes or GoodFood potatoes, all free from our JCRC) or watching a film. Not only this but the most special thing about the college is the people! Everyone is so welcoming and open and Goodricke is known for its pioneering spirit and this really is evident in every member of the college.
The point I want to get across in this post is that Goodricke is a college full of opportunities which if taken can make your first year at York one of the best. The JCRC offers a fresh take on student politics and is a great way of getting social with as many different people as possible across the years. Sport in Goodricke is a large part of the social scene. As a proud member of GCNC (Goodricke College Netball club) I have enjoyed and endured some of the best experiences of my life… From a British Military Fitness training session, to dressing as a baby with a 3rd “chav” as “my mother”, and tour banter in Dublin and even racing around campus tied to my best mate. And I could never forget the final social of the year… Taking part in netball and other college sports have allowed me to make the best of friends, not only freshers but 2nd and 3rd years. Brilliant all round really.
I would recommend the college to anyone willing and ready to get really stuck in to everything Goodricke has to offer. Its a home away from home and I can say hand on heart that I could not be happier with my first year and I look forward to making new memories with all my Goodricke guys and gals. Thank you all for an amazing year! Lets make 2013-14 the best yet!
Goodricke till I die
See you all again in September.