Responsibility is a headache. I've always been bad at sincerity, so I play it all off as a Quality Goof. That all said, becoming secretary is something I knew I could do but something that requires...being a serious human being, for five minutes at the very least.
What do I want? What do I expect from this? And what do I plan on giving back?
Answer 1) im genuinely just in it for a laff
So I operate behind the scenes of the society with most of my tasks being admin duties. This involves: making sure rooms are booked for the socials, emails are sent out to the members, reserving car parking place when requested, taking minutes during committee meetings, updating the website. It sounds like a bit of work, but its quite manageable!
As were going to be having our election Hustings this Tuesday, were going to be releasing profiles of our committee members to give you an idea what it might be like to be on committee next year. Feel free to comment or message our committee if you want to know more. Starting with:
Hello all members, new and old! An absolutely MASSIVE congratulations to all the Freshers who got their A-Level results today and got into Royal Holloway. I know how much hard work it must've taken to get to this position, and each and every one of you thoroughly deserve to enjoy today, and the next few years at Royal Holloway.
So as a way of saying congratulations, here is a sneak peak at some of the awesome things IFIS, the science fiction & fantasy society, has to offer next year:
For those of you who braved the trip off campus to Picocon, you might be curious in exploring other conventions too? Well there are a lot of them happening all across the country throughout the year and I could write many pages just covering the ones I'm aware of. Instead I thought I'd focus on the ones that are "local".
Possibly the most important convention coming up this year, is Worldcon 2014. If you couldn't get guess from the name, it's the world science fiction and fantasy convention and this year we're lucky enough to have it right on our doorsteps in London. It's actually called Loncon 3 - a lot of conventions change name each year but fall under a common name (eg Eastercon). The last time the UK hosted a Worldcon was back in '65 so there is a lot of eager anticipation to go to it just in case we don't get another one for another 50 years.
The weekend before is a relative newcomer to the con-scene is Nine Worlds which styles itself as a geekfest. It's located at a hotel in Heathrow so is pretty easy to get to from campus. This year is it's second outing but based on their first go last year, it should be pretty good.
You may or may not have heard that this society has a library. It's not a library in the strictest sense, in that it isn't a room filled with book covered shelves that you could lose yourself in whilst browsing for something to read. Instead we have a number of large metal cupboards where our sizeable collection of books, comics and graphic novels are stored. This does make it some what tricky to browse the books, which is why there is a searchable catalogue on the website.
The selection on offer is pretty varied. There are all the staples of classic science fiction - Isaac Asimov, Jerry Pournelle and John Wyndham to name just a tiny few. Classic fantasy is also represented by such greats as Marion Zimmer Bradley, Terry Brooks and David Eddings. But we have a lot of modern authors too like Iain M. Banks, Terry Pratchett and J. K. Rowling. We usually spend part of our yearly budget on new books, so if there's something you think should be bought, let the committee know.
The online catalogue can actually do a lot more than let you search for things. If you're looking for something new to try it can make recommendations. It can either suggest books that are similar or authors. This is based on how people have tagged books they've liked, so it's really helpful if you could tag books you like too.