It’s that time of the year… I refer to it as the month our campus has its period. Elections and competitions abound, while exams are around the corner (Southern hemisphere, remember).
My favourite part of this month – perhaps my favourite of the entire year – is “Sêr”. Sêr comes from “serenade”, and is basically a singing competition. Residences compete for ultimate glory. I am not a culture-vulture, and I know precariously little of song and dance. But Sêr makes me so, so happy. (If you still don’t get it: it’s like Glee, only without all the lights and electronic music. Instruments are limited to those an artist can carry onto the stage).
Here are my favourites for this year. I’m a little biased: They’re both from the medical campus.
I’ve been trying to express why Sêr makes my heart all fuzzy. I don’t know if it’s just the music, entirely. I think it’s the unity it gives our campus. Our campus can be pretty disjointed at times. People can be pretty back-stabby in class and in hospital. And there’s still a lot of work to do to make this a friendly and comfortable campus for students of all races, sexualities and creeds.
But when they sing… they sing! And they make beautiful music, these different people of different tastes and different walks of life. And while it’s only a handful of students who sing, the entire campus comes together to support our singers. And that, I love. That moment when students realise that they can be more than just a medical/health sciences student. I love it.
Oh, so your tip: be involved. Resident culture is ah-may-zing.