His Imperial Majestyâ€™s Minister for Entertainment & Social Secretaries Request & Require in the Name of his Majesty Steve Tran All those whom it may concern to allow the Fresher bearing this passport to pass without probing or strip search* and to afford the bearer any assistance or sexual protection as may be necessary * Exceptionally fit Freshers may be strip searched at the decree of the Ministry of Entertainment
And so it begins... On October 1st 1997, ICSMSU established an elite training programme for the top 1% of the nation’s medical students. Its purpose: to turn the innocent and confused school leavers into the confident, super-sexy, life-saving diagnostic machines of tomorrow, and to ensure that the men and women who graduated were the best medical students in the world. They succeeded. Today, Imperial College bills your first two weeks as “A Foundation Course designed to build on your A-Level knowledge and an introduction to Molecules, Cells & Disease” We call it: FRESHERS’ FORTNIGHT! A-levels are done and dusted, Mum & Dad won’t be checking that you’re home before 12, and your student loan has arrived. It’s time to adopt the ancient Med School motto: “Work hard. Play harder!” This fortnight is the essential training tool for the rest of your life - don’t leave Med School without it! Your social team have worked flat out to present the biggest, loudest, most incredible two weeks you could think of! Hold on tight! Drinking is optional, but 100% commitment to your training, the Ministry of Fun (that’s us) and making a pledge to ‘do over’ those other ‘Med Schools’ south of the river at every opportunity is compulsory! This passport provides all the information you need for the fortnight and will serve as your passing-out certificate at the end of your training. Buy your passport NOW to guarantee full access to all the events at a massively reduced price! You need to hurry though as we only have a limited number available, so buy now to avoid heartbreak! Dig out all your fancy dress, bring plenty of aspirin and caffeine; Ladies, pack your snazziest outfit, and Gents, learn how to tie a bow tie! We will see you on day one of the beginning of the rest of your life! Sophie: 07846454765
Day 1: Saturday 28th September The Mingle 7:00 pm Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th September Location: Imperial College Union, Beit Quadrangle Buy your Mingle tickets from your halls! (We’ve just included it in the passport because it’s good fun!) Head down to Beit Quad for the Mingle – it does exactly what it says on the tin! For those of you who have already realised that ICSM is where the party starts and ends, sift through the crowds and find the SU (we will be wearing ICSMSU polos to make it easy to find us). We’ll have plenty of fun arranged for everyone to get involved in! Day 2: Sunday 29th September ICSMSU Freshers’ Welcome 1:00 pm, Queen’s Lawn, South Kensington campus FREE ENTRY! Plus T-SHIRT for every Passport Holder! You’ve been in London for a few days… you’ve settled into halls maybe met some nice people… NOW’S the time to meet the medics: your family for the rest of your time at ICSM! Come and join us on the Queen’s Lawn at the South Ken campus to pick up your freshers’ packs & your all important freshers’ visa, meet the SU & your fellow medics and go to town on the free food!
Day 3: Monday 30th September Pirate Boat Party 7:00 pm, Temple Pier (Turn right out of Temple tube station) Price: £20* Whether you fancy yourself as Jack Sparrow or merely a cabin boy, bring your (plastic) sword and get down to Temple tube station where your SU shipmates will escort you to the docks. Prepare for an epic voyage of debauchery and discovery as we take you on the high seas (well... The Thames!) Don’t spend too long getting ready! As the pirate code says, “He who falls behind, is left behind!” THE BOAT LEAVES AT 7:45PM SHARP! *It’s very unlikely that non-passport holders will be able to get tickets for the boat party so buy your passport now to avoid missing out on one of the best events of med school!
Day 4: Tuesday 1st October Mums & Dads Night 7:00 pm, Reynolds Bar & Wolfson Sports Hall, Charing Cross Hospital Campus (nearest tube: Hammersmith) Afterparty at The Slug, Fulham Price: £5 (inc wristband for drinks deals at The Slug) If you have been misbehaving ever so slightly up to this point, don’t panic, this is not the day where your parents come down to check up on you!* As part of our welfare system, you can sign up to the Mums & Dads scheme and meet your medic parent (or just rock up and get ‘adopted’) for an evening of inflatable insanity, family frolics and some mighty fine entertainment! Whether it is telling you everything you want to know about ICSM, passing on fountains of knowledge (and piles of notes) about all things medical (or not...), or just helping you to make some new friends; these guys are the business! They might even buy you a few drinks! So get down to the Reynolds to meet your new medic parent(s)! Get to know each other, have a couple of drinks and then challenge them to an inflatable sumo battle or one of the other games we have! Don’t forget to have a family portrait taken with your new relatives before you leave the Reynolds! N.B. We say medic parent, but you will more than likely end up with grandparents, aunts, uncles, adopted nephews, 3rd cousins twice removed, goldfish… *Do not bring your actual parents (this has been done!)
Day 5: Wednesday 2nd October Doctors & Nurses Pub Crawl 7:00 pm, Reynolds After party: Heaven from 10pm (nearest tube station: Embankment) Price: £7 This is it - the big one! You’ve made it to the epic midweek mayhem that is the Pub Crawl! Practically the whole Med School comes along (even some ex-Imperial doctors!) so get ready and get excited - this is going to be a night of epic proportions! Don your doctors attire (or if you’re feeling slightly more adventurous, dig out those sexy nurse outfits) and prepare to amaze the general public as swarms of ICSM faithfully invade the streets and pubs of Hammersmith in outfits that would probably not be suitable for clinical attachments! This event will test you to the limit. See if you can conquer all the pubs on the way, but do not miss the after party at Heaven, one of London’s best and most famous clubs where you can dance the night away! Don’t forget to pick up your route guide and afterparty wristband from Reynolds at the start of the night.
Day 6: Thursday 3rd October Film Night IC Cinema, Beit Quad 6:30 pm, IC Cinema (2nd floor Union Buildings, Beit Quad) Price: £4 After a pretty hectic start to your time at ICSM, take the opportunity to have a slightly more chilled out night with your new friends and head on over to Imperial’s very own cinema in the union building. We’ll be showing Disney’s fantastic Monsters University and there will be the chance to pick up some popcorn and cinema treats, so head on down and and have a night of recuperation! (You’ll want to be on top form for tomorrow night....)
Day 7: Friday 4th October Freshers’ Roadshow 7:00 pm, Reynolds Price: £12 (inc. 3 drinks) THE HIGHLIGHT OF FRESHERS’ FORTNIGHT!!! This is the epic introduction to Med School that everyone’s been talking about and it’s finally your turn to experience it! The Reynolds bar, your second home while you’re at ICSM, is truly the only place to celebrate the end of your first week as a medic! Expect to be thrown in at the deep end of life at medical school, be carefully ‘coached’ by the slightly more seasoned medics and take your oath to the legendary Phoenix of ICSM! This is an absolute must-attend ceremony and we guarantee you the best time EVER!
Day 8: Saturday 5th October Big Chill 7pm, Reynolds Price: £4 Step back in time to the 1920s. Reynolds has been transformed into a dusky speakeasy where you can relax with a beer and enjoy some live music. There will be cards on the tables, hosts to deliver your moonshine, and a couple of sexy comperes to lead you through the evening’s performances. Big Chill events are all about mellow moods, taking the weight off your feet and having a good conversation with the friends you have met all week. That’s why fancy dress is optional, you can order a take-away through the night, and blankets are welcome. Pop into Reynolds any time after 7pm that evening – it’s completely casual! If you are interested in performing (blues or otherwise), please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. This year, we’re opening the stage to a couple of other acts too so if you’d like to perform magic tricks, comedy or anything a little out of the box – don’t hesitate to get in touch too!
Day 9: Sunday 6th October Sports Day Meet at 12:00 pm at Beit Quad to travel to Teddington Sports Ground Price: ÂŁ8 (inc. coach, drinks & barbecue!) Come and join us at Teddington, our sports ground, for a day of fun and games organised by the captains of each club. This is one of the best opportunities to meet your fellow freshers and the older years. Even if youâ€™re not an Olympic athlete, fun is the order of the day! Remember to bring some cash to refuel at the bar between games, as well as a change of clothes (showers and changing rooms are available on site).
Day 10: Monday 7th October The Freshers’ Ball 9:00 pm, Ruby Blue (nearest tube: Leicester Square) Price: £20 for passport holders* (£24 for non-passport holders) Dress code: black tie Kick off your second week of Freshers’ Fortnight in style with your first black tie event at ICSM! This will be your first of many exciting balls so get ready to sharpen up and show yourselves off at one of the most stunning, stylish venues London has to offer.This beautiful central London venue boasts a terrace with a stunning view over London’s famous Leicester Square. This is bound to be a night to remember… so ladies, dust off your best frocks and high heels. Gents, it’s probably time you got that tuxedo dry cleaned. Your ticket includes free drinks on the night to see you through into the early hours of the morning! Dance the night away with your new friends in your best get-up! *NOT included in the passport price. Go online www.shop.icsmsu.com to purchase your ball ticket.
Day 11: Tuesday 8th October Medics vs. Engineers Pub Quiz 7:30 pm, 568 Bar, Imperial College Union, Beit Quadrangle Price: £4 Get down to to the Union Bar (where you went for the Mingle), team up and get your thinking caps on…this is your chance to show the other Faculties just how clever us Medics are, with round one of a series of pub quizzes being against the Engineers! With cheap drinks, “friendly” competition and prizes up for grabs this promises to be an entertaining night for all!
Day 12: Wednesday 9th October Sports Night 7:30 pm, Reynolds Price: FREE Wednesday nights are Sports nights at the Reynolds, and they are always rammed! We usually celebrate our sporting victories (losses are few and far between!) but this, the very first sports night of the year, is an opportunity to get to know your team mates, and be welcomed into the club! After youâ€™ve joined in on the antics at your clubâ€™s circle, invade the dance floor and party the night away in true Reynolds style!
Day 13: Thursday 10th October Reynolds Pong Reynolds at 7:30 pm Price: ÂŁ4 Reynolds Pong is becoming bigger and better every year at ICSM! Come down to the Reynolds and flex those biceps in true FRAT house style with our very own version of the popular game. Fill up your glasses with your drink of choice and get your balls wet! There will be prizes handed out for the winning team at the end of this knockout competition. The only question is have you got what it takes?!
Day 14: Friday 11th October Freshers’ Review & Beach Bop 7:30 pm, Reynolds Price: £5 As the fortnight draws to a close, it’s time to look over the past two weeks. There are shameful photos, ridiculous videos and awards for those who have impressed us the most! Come down and reminisce with your friends for a short while before the Reynolds fills up with the rest of the med school for your FIRST EVER BOP! That’s right, the summer may be over but tonight the Reynolds is gonna be feelin’ hot hot hot! So whip out those Hawaiian shirts, bikinis, t-shirts, flip-flops and shorts, and let loose for the return of the beach party! With top tunes playing all night, the bar is going to be transformed into the ultimate beach paradise with palm trees, classic seaside attractions and other goodies! This will be the first of many bops in your time here, so get ready to dress up and boogie all night!
...And still there’s more!!!
School of Medicine Welcome Dinner Thursday 17th October Queens Tower Rooms, South Kensington Price: £10
We have been planning a very special final event...so special that it actually falls outside the initial freshers’ fortnight! You’ve met almost everyone, now all that’s left is for the staff and faculty to officially introduce you into the medical profession. For one night only, we have arranged a gorgeous black-tie course 3-course meal for you to mingle with your future educators and tutors. It will be a stunning night and what more? It’s included in the price of your passport! Make sure you get those suits/dresses dry cleaned as you will need to look dapper. Tickets will be limited and you will have to present your passport during freshers’ fortnight to collect a ticket (there will be a limited number available for non-passport holders to buy during freshers’ fortnight). Following the dinner will be an after party at the Union, which will coincide with the first ‘SocOff’ of the year. Lets show Imperial what ICSM is all about!
Purchasing a passport guarantees you entry to every Freshers’ Fortnight event (except the Mingle and Freshers’ Ball) and also to the 3 course Welcome Dinner! We’re also throwing in the official ICSM Freshers’ Fortnight T-Shirts (otherwise £5 ). We’re offering you all this for the discounted price of £75 (otherwise £88 if you buy all these individually!). Plus you even get a discount to the absolutely unmissable Freshers’ Ball! We only have a limited number of passports available and they sell out extremely quickly! We can’t guarantee entry to the more popular events for non-passport holders, so all the more reason to buy yours now! Hopefully mum and dad (your real ones this time) are still ecstatic about you getting into the best med school in the land, so the Bank of Parents is usually especially cooperative with withdrawals this time of year! Here are your instructions to experience Freshers’ Fortnight to the max: 1. Go online to www.shop.icsmsu.com to purchase your passport, Freshers’ Ball ticket and extra goodies now! (You will need your Imperial College login details to logon to the shop). DEADLINE 22nd SEPTEMBER. 2. DO NOT FORGET to buy your scrubs, hoodies (and much more) at the ICSMSU online shop from the same link. Scrubs are absolutely ESSENTIAL for many of the events you’ll attend at med school! 3. Once you’ve bought your passport, send an email to email@example.com with: - Your name (AND what you like to be called) - Passport sized photo (doesn’t have to be serious like real ones!) - Tshirt Size - Any Dietary Requirements 4. Fill in your details on the next page and hold on to your passport as your guide to the events. 5. Collect your “Freshers’ Visa” at the BBQ on Sunday the 29th September, this will grant you entrance in to all of the events!! (if for some reason you can’t get a passport photo to us by email before the day, bring one with you then!) 6. And finally...GET EXCITED FOR THE BEST 2 WEEKS OF YOUR LIVES!!! (If you have any difficulties with the online shop, please email Syb at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can make alternative arrangements for you to buy your passport, ball ticket and merchandise).
Published on Sep 9, 2013