Why I love QMSS
The President of QM Snow Sports tells us why you’ll love their diverse and fun society
Going to a big university in a big city can be lonely if you’re not part of a society that provides you with a natural way of making friends.
When I started at Queen Mary two years ago, I lived far away from campus and I found it quite difficult to make friends other than the occasional ‘hi, how are you?’ in seminars. I’d been skiing a few times with my college and loved it every time, but I hadn’t considered joining any clubs or societies at university. I started going to the QMSS socials and every time I was met by friendly faces and people who wanted me there. I finally decided to go on the skiing trip and I had the best time! Last year I was social secretary and this year I was lucky enough to be elected for president. If you had asked me two years ago, I would never have dreamed of being on committee!
Our big event every year is our Christmas ski trip. This is a week of skiing, partying and making memories for life. This year we’re off to Alpe d’Huez in the French Alps with Wasteland Ski and it’s going to be our biggest one yet. We can’t wait! Apart from the ski trip, we also have an established race team that competes on a regional and national level. If you’re interested in racing for us, we would love to have you – all you need to have is confidence in your turns. If you have never skied before, we run beginner’s lessons in England before the trip, but you can also book lessons on the trip. Every year, we have people who have never skied before, and they always have a fantastic time! For more info on the trip, socials, training, lessons and videos from previous years, please see our Facebook page or our website www.qmsnow.co.uk.
Although Queen Mary Snow Sports is a ski and snowboard team, it is so much more than a sports club. QMSS is a family. We take care of each other and welcome anyone from any background. As cringe as it sounds, we allow for each other to grow on an individual and athletic level. We have a lot of internal jokes, but no one is ever judged or bullied. That is what I love about QMSS. We’re proud to be one of the biggest clubs on campus with numbers increasing every year. Even if you have never considered skiing before, you can come to our socials and decide if you like us enough to try it! If you’re interested in joining our club, all you have to do is come to socials and pay the standard membership fee (£20).
Hope to see you sometime soon – winter is coming.
Image: Jean David Eynard