[Kealie Mardell | Print Editor]
This year has seen the launch of many new societies, with over 100 running in total. We caught up with the brand new Mixed Bag Society, following their work with Raise and Give and first society meeting. The society secretary, Darshaalini Nadarajan, filled us in on what MixedBag is all about!
UniVerse: What exactly is the MixedBag Society?
Darshaalini Nadarajan: We are a group of people from different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. We would like to provide a platform for students to showcase their talents in various forms by running events throughout the year.
UV: When did the society start and how did the idea come about?
DN: We came up with the idea one month back. Society was founded in November with five people from different backgrounds who were sharing the same concepts and ideas. We were a bunch of people from different student societies, so we thought it would be a great idea to collaborate with other societies to do events without narrowing them down to one area, like most of the other societies do. This will give a wide range of events and opportunities for people who are interested in making a change!
UV: What have you been up to so far?
DN: We had the official kick off meeting on 21st of November in Hutton Hall. Also, we raised Funds for RaG and were able to sum up £88 in one day. We have our ‘’Go Nutz with Donughtz’’ Krispy Kreme sale happening on 24th & 25th of November on both campuses. On 5th December we have planned Crab football as another fundraiser for RaG. Reason behind all this small scale events that we have done so far is to raise awareness about our society and also to raise funds for the big events that we planned for the upcoming year.
UV: What have you got planned for the future?
DN: We are planning really big events for the coming year. The main ones will be:
- MixedBag Talent Night
- MixedBag Sports Day
- Mr and Miss Hertfordshire – This will be the biggest event which is happening for the first time in the university history. This will choose two contestants as the social face of the university.
Alongside these big events we will be carrying out workshops and fun activities to engage with students. The workshops include Dancing (Breakdancing, Salsa, Jazz, etc), Music (Guitar and aCapella), Photography (by professional photographers) and handcrafting (Origami, etc). There will be at least one workshop every week. We will also be having a cricket festival and an adventure trip in summer 2015.
UV: Why should people join the society?
DN: Everyone can achieve good grades in their studies. But by joining the society you will be able to gain exposure and recognition for your talents. We also give you a chance to run your own events that will allow you to develop your soft and interpersonal skills as required by employers or as an entrepreneur. Such skills include Leadership skills, Communication skills, Event management skills, Networking skills, Teamwork and Organisation skills. And most of all you will be able to make new friends and great memories!
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