Tuesday 28 April 2015
Queen Mary Commuters Society (QMCS) is one of the fastest growing societies at Queen Mary with 212 members. We spoke to the President, Sara Ramjean, to find out more about this increasingly popular society.
What are the aims of the society?
Our main aim is to prevent students from feeling isolated from the university experience just because they live away from campus. University is one of the most important stages of our lives where we make lasting memories. Therefore, we ensure that everyone makes the most out of it; and we do this through our events.
QMCS is a great place to expand one’s social circle; it allows everyone to join together from different courses, backgrounds, year groups and locations to become one big network of friends. Despite the title of our society being aimed at commuters, it’s in fact open for anyone to get involved in by attending our events.
What activities do you do in your meetings?
Before Freshers Week begun, we created a few WhatsApp groups with prospective commuter students, from which we held meet ups to get them to meet and familiarise with our campus. However, from Freshers Week onwards, some of our activities varied from meals out, group nights out, movie nights, Thorpe Park, ice skating, bowling, Chinatown and sightseeing. We usually organise weekly or fortnightly meet ups which tend to be held around campus and central London.
When was the society created?
The society was founded by myself (Sara Ramjean) in March 2014 with the co-founders Jade Tran and Naomi Nelson. However, we officially started publicising and making people aware of our society from August when students got their confirmed place at QMUL
Do you hold any special events? If so which ones are coming up in the next few months?
In December we held a Christmas event open to everyone at QMUL in order for students to enjoy the festive season despite the end of term exam stress. The event included a Santa grotto, free candy canes, personalised QMCS teddy bears and a pair of tickets to London Dungeons, London Eye and Tower Bridge Exhibition. In the near future we plan to do a day trip outside London, and also a trip to London Transport Museum, because it fits perfectly with our society.
Are there any achievements or highlights of the society which you would like to mention?
It was an absolute honour to have been nominated for two awards in the QMSU Awards, as Society of the Year and Most Improved Society of the Year, to which we won the award as Most Improved Society of the Year 2014-2015.
As President of the society what do you most enjoy about your society? And how has it benefitted you and others?
My favourite part of having made this society is the friendships and bonds that were built. I have seen the friendship transition evolving from strangers to best friends between people from all walks of life. And that’s the beauty of QMCS; it’s very multicultural and diverse that you never fail to learn something new. I mainly appreciate how our society has given freshers the opportunity to start university feeling comfortable. I also found it beneficial during our pre-fresher’s meet ups to introduce 2nd and 3rd year students with fresher’s taking on the same degree course in order to give them any advice and answer any queries they had.
How do you plan to expand the society in the upcoming year?
We hope to carry out more joint events with other societies which will hopefully create more interest in our own group. We also want to ensure that the same communication techniques we used with this year’s freshers is repeated for those starting in September 2015.
Where should students look if they want to learn more about your society?
Facebook is where you can keep up to date with our society and upcoming events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/QMCommuters.
Alternatively, you can contact us on our email firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow us on twitter @QMCommuters
Or check out our website on https://qmcommuters.wordpress.com/