An innovative meet and greet hosted by the Education Society

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created barriers for many clubs and societies on campus. However, this year many student-led groups are feeling inspired and ready to help their peers mingle in-person. A group that had such desires, is the recently formed Education Society.

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The Education Society was created in January 2021 by dedicated BA/BEd Concurrent Program students hoping to bring together those with the passion for all-things related to pedagogy. Last winter, they were able to host a couple of events including a virtual meet and greet and an End of Year Gala to celebrate their graduating Education students.

This year, the executive team are just as keen to have students become involved with their society – no matter what program they belong to. 

The Education Society decided to start their year off by hosting an innovative meet and greet event at the Mackay Apple Orchard where students could apple pick with friends – both new and old.

When asked about why the executive team chose this activity for a meet and greet, Julia Golding, President of the Education Society, said that their aim was to host a low stress autumnal activity, that would still symbolize education.

Playing on the idea that apples symbolize teachers, they thought apple picking was the best option.

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Ashley Bishop, the PR Director for the society also stressed that their choice for the event was backed by the idea of wanting people to connect with one another and that apple picking would provide that opportunity.

Don’t worry if you missed out on this event as UNBSJ students can expect more creative and exciting activities from this newer society.

The Education Society’s secretary Amy Walker discussed their plans for the future which include a paint and sip, as well as professional workshops.

Golding added that any ideas for future events are welcome. She noted that they “…would love to hear from students on different activities they’d like to see from us. We are really open to suggestions and overall, we want to make it a memorable year for all students.” 

If you would like to get involved with The Education Society and stay up to date with their activities or suggest any events, follow their Instagram (@TheEducationSociety) and their Facebook.

Ashley is a fifth-year student in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education concurrent program. Now in her final year, she hopes to further studies with the goal of promoting international advocacy for educational rights. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to her vinyl records, watching films, and hiking.