oSoc’s back, alright!
The first day of oSoc18 is in full swing and seeing all those fresh-faced participants inspired me to write down five #oSoc18 survival tips. Let’s see how many cheesy song references I can cram in this one…
1. Don’t speak, I know just what you’re saying (?)
This year we’ve got a whopping 17 projects to work on and that means 17 teams were formed. oSoc has never been this big or diverse! To keep things running smoothly, the participants were asked to speak English at all times (because this year we’ve got a lot of international participants too!). Clear and direct communication is the key to success!
Stay hydrated, because Brussels gets pretty hot in the summer. Yes, some legit survival advice, go figure.
3. We’re all in this together
If you’re stuck for more than 20 minutes, ask for help. I can’t stress enough how great oSoc is as a learning environment: the projects we work on are challenging but you’ll never walk alone. So don’t feel like you’re bugging someone when you’re asking for help: your peers, the coaches and the student coaches will always be happy to help you.
4. This must be the place
We’ll be oSoc’ing at two different locations (BeCentral and the Herman Teirlinck building) and I personally got lost twice today so make sure you get to know this building well. It’s also quite fun to have a spot where you can sit with your team, a small home base.
5. I’m so tired
Sleep. enough. Please. I know I sound like a mum and the deadlines are a hassle but there’s no pride in sleep deprivation.
Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favour!