Hi! My name's Nada and I'm a second year Anthropology and Sociology student. I'm going to be the JCR Formals Officer this year, which means I'll be responsible for organising and running all the undergraduate college formals along with the formals committee.
So, I just thought I'd give a brief explanation of what formals are and how they work, for those of you who may not be as familiar with the concept, like me when I first arrived. Formals are a big part of college life here at Aidan's, and are always worth experiencing. They basically consist of a drinks reception, which usually includes live music, followed by a three course meal and our college chants (which you will learn when you get to Aidan's), after which there is some form of entertainment while people hang out in the bar and in the JCR to enjoy their evening together. To get into a formal, one student submits a list of people they would like to be seated with on behalf of their group to the Formals Officer a couple of weeks in advance, after which emails will be sent out to confirm the submission. It's a great way to take a break from work and just have fun with your friends a few times a term.
Students at Aidan's tend to become friendly with people from all years as a result of all the sports and societies and involvement in the JCR in general, so formals are a great chance for everyone to catch up outside of their usual obligations. There are usually around 8 formals planned throughout the year; the major ones including Halloween, Christmas, Sports and Societies (which celebrates all the JCR clubs and teams), and the Going Down formal which happens at the end of Easter term as a goodbye to the graduates and your friends for the holidays. The dress code is usually either fancy dress or black tie, depending on the formal, but that is always confirmed closer to the time via email so make sure to keep an eye out! I, along with the formals committee, work hard to decorate college with balloons, banners, and much more, according to the theme of the formal, which is always a fun process. If you feel like this is something you would like to get involved with, please don't hesitate to send me a message on Facebook (my username is Nada Ali), or send me an email at [email protected], and I'll tell you anything you need to know. I can't wait to share the Aidan's formal experience with you all. It's kind of like being in a wonderland. After all, there's only one Aidan's college!