Things I Saw at the Student Organization Fair

Before I forget, again, two new flags have popped up this week so bine ai venit to Romania and a warm and sunny welcome to Barbados.

Another lame post for today; I haven’t finished any books recently and for some reason I didn’t think of any stories worth telling today. In fact I didn’t think much about anything today. Also, I woke up at noon and barely did anything but for some reason am exhausted.

The only real bright spot in my day was the student organization fair. After going to the gym, I decided to stop by to see if I could help out at the APO table for a little while. This past fall, I went to the fair and it was so packed with people you could barely breathe. This semester, there was quite a fair amount of breathing room. It wasn’t hard to navigate and was more fun than the craziness of last fall.

So here’s a rundown of my thoughts on the fair.

  1. So. Much. Candy. It’s a shame there wasn’t a Student Dentistry Group there, because they could’ve had quite the field day. Every table was overflowing with candy. My sweet tooth knows no bounds, but I controlled it pretty well, only consuming some Laffy Taffys, some Airheads, and some chocolate. Lollipops seemed to be the trendy thing this semester. I have to say, I’ve never been a huge lollipop fan. Too sticky for my taste, and the jagged edges when they break off in your mouth are quite unpleasant. If I wanted to eat broken glass, I would find some.
  2. The more extreme the group, the more militant their marketing strategies. Of all the groups, the only one that actually accosted me – as in, started talking to me without me even initiating or permitting contact – was the political one about how Obama is messing up this country. The College Democrats and Republicans on either side spoke to me as well, but thrusting a book in someone’s face while asking him/her a really loaded question is clearly not the way to gain friends and influence, people.
  3. People are either super-involved, or just come for the free stuff and breeze right past everyone. There were some people that I saw (friends of mine) at different booths on different floors, and those are the ones who seem to devote their lives to the groups that they’re involved with. I didn’t see anyone I knew walking around just talking, nor did I see anyone I knew manning just one table. Yes, it’s a Thursday, and it’s cold, but for goodness sake, UW students, put down the beer and come to this event so the desperate ones are less predatory towards the innocent.
  4. Approach = everything. After I settled down at the APO table, I developed what I thought was a good attention-getting strategy. Rather than just stand there and watch people pass or yell, I held out a single flier and just asked people how they were. After they stopped, I told them more about APO or passed them to another brother while I looked for another person. I think it worked because we did draw a crowd at one point, and we didn’t even have a whole lot of free stuff.
  5. It’s always fun to pretend to be a student. Technically, I still am, but something like this is not geared towards the graduate student. But if you look young and dress young, it’s funny seeing the reactions when you tell people who you really are, or let them believe you’re a student so they don’t give you a hard time when you really want that cool pen.

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