YEAHHHH YOU MADE IT!
Gahhhhh!!! Do you know how lucky you guys are!? Seriously! We would give anything to be in your shoes again!
Sure, the first two weeks can be nerve wrecking and overwhelming but they can also be fun and exciting as we pull out all the stops to entertain you and help you make new friends.
Here's what you can expect...
Orientation Week (Sept 17-21)
What can I expect?
This is basically your Welcome Week; you will get your Student Card (say cheese!), meet your new classmates, find out more about the many MU services, get the tour and know where you have to be on the first day of lectures but most importantly- you’ll get to meet your Students’ Union officers! MU has a comprehensive Orientation process, so you will be visiting many parts of the campus. Keep an eye out for an official letter from the University which will tell you when you need to show up.
Your student card will stay with you for a long time, so make sure you take a few minutes to look your best for your Inductions Day as your picture will be taken as part of the registration process! Your Student Officers can be found in their offices, which are located in the Student Union Building along with your Student Bar, Venue and Info Centre. Please pop on down to see us if you have any problems or questions, or even just to say hello!
Monday 17 September
> Bar officially reopens after summer vacation!
> 16:00 - Outdoor Cinema at the front of the SU (no car required) Free popcorn!
> 20:00 - 23:00 Venue - Rodeo Bull/ Beer Pong and DJ's
> 21:00 - 23:00 DJ Monty in the SU Bar
Tuesday 18 September
> The first act of our Laugh Factory series of events kicks off with Gearóid Farrelly at 1pm. Gearóid is certified funny and has performed here many times. (Lunch Time, SU Stretch tent)
> The Maynooth Block Party will kick off in the MSU Bar from 21:00. On entering the SU, you will receive a sticker with the name of your estate, apartment block or town (if you commute). The objective is to pair up with your neighbours and compete in a series of ridiculous games hosted by your SU officers and DJ on the night.. You always wanted to meet your neighbours... Now is your chance!
Wednesday 13 September
> Andy James, Magician (Lunch Time, SU Stretch tent)
> Code Love w/ Victoria Secret (Night Time, SU Venue)
Thursday 14 September
> Oisín Foley, Magician (Lunch Time, SU Stretch tent)
> County Colours w/ Ray Shah (Night Time, SU Venue)
Freshers' Week (Sept 24-28)
What can I expect?
The events at Orientation Week were just a taster for what is to come during Freshers'! All the MU students will be back on site this week, so you will really get a taste for what University life is all about. We have been beavering away on putting together a class lineup of entertainment for every single night, and all of it is FREE OF CHARGE!
Get in early! Freshers' is always a busy week in the Bar and Venue, avoid time spent queueing to get in and get your spot nice and early. Also, make sure you keep your ID on you as the Bar and Venue are licensed premesis, so the same rules apply as in any other establishment. Apart from that- Get Involved! We’re really looking forward to meeting you all during Freshers’ Week – so come along, take part in some of the events and let’s make the party happen!
Monday 24 September
> Hypnotist (Lunch Time, SU Stretch tent)
> Bar from 7pm: Stephen Cooper Trio (Live Gig)
> Venue from 8pm: Best of New Irish w/ Elkin & Hatchlings (Live Gig)
Tuesday 25 September
> Comedian, Fred Cook (Lunch Time, SU Stretch tent)
> Bar from 7pm: Pop Gods (Live Gig)
> Venue from 8pm: The Big Gig w/ Knights of Leon & MU DJ Soc. (Daft Punk -v- Chemical Brothers)
Wednesday 26 September
> Stevie Starr "The Regurgitator" (Lunch Time, SU Stretch tent)
> Bar from 7pm: Bingo Loco (Bingo Rave)
> Venue from 8pm: Fresher Bopper w/ Dan Duffy
Thursday 27 September
> Cookin' w Kim & Paul (Lunch Time, SU Stretch tent)
> Bar from 7pm: Casa Maynooth w/ Rory Lynam
> Venue from 9pm: MU DJ. Soc.
Keep an eye on the Facebook Event Page for all the latest News about FreeFreshers!
We would trade anything to be where you are, seriously, we will pay you to swap so we can do it all again! The nerve wrecking Orientation week, the bombastic and frankly life altering epicness of Freshers Week, the Halloween Ball Monster Mash, the Christmas Festival , the Beach Ball... oh and all the knowledge you’ll soak up in the mean time.
Go to your lectures, go out, meet people and make friends. Whether it's the person sitting beside you on orientation day, or the people you end up commuting or living with- lifelong friends will come from everywhere.