One of the things I love about Middlesex is that the uni does a great job encouraging student involvement and showcasing student talents. This Christmas season, students were involved with the MDXmas market, which included arts and crafts stalls and a choir performance of Christmas favorites. Jess Hawke, a fashion student, came up with the idea for the first ever MDX Christmas market. You can read more about the story behind it here. Besides the arts and crafts stalls, we had a jolly snowman, a photo op at the snow globe, a “rodeo reindeer,” and festive sweets like mince pies and mulled wine. Hopefully, future students can take on the organizing bit and make this happen every year!
To be honest, I thought it would be lame. Everyone tells me it’s not fun to learn ice skating because you are just falling everywhere and unable to actually skate. I stayed by the wall for quite awhile, and then I started thinking of my corporate finance class – there we learned that you have to take risks to get rewards (among other things of course). That is the case with money and with everything in life. (Yes, I do make these kinds of random connections in my head quite frequently.) And so I took a risk…and walked away from the wall, after some training from the trainer.
I didn’t fall even once, which I attribute to being 4’11’’ tall. Probably easier to get my balance. And even though I was rather unsteady, I did get to glide around a bit. When you get to that point, you think, “Wheeeeeeeee…I’m gliding on ice!” I thought it was a great stress reliever, so if you’ve never tried ice skating before, I hope you’ll take that risk…and find reward 🙂