My name’s Jack and I’m going into my second year of studying biochemistry at York. I’ve had the honour of representing the club for my first year at the Uni and plan to carry on doing so up until the end of my days here.
Although it sounds clichéd I think joining the club was the best decision I’ve made at uni to date; something one of the now third years told me I would be saying by the end of the year. Apart from playing hockey it’s been without a shadow of a doubt where my social life has been for the year, whether it be grooving and shaking on a dark, sweaty, crowded dance floor or enjoying a more sophisticated afternoon of sub standard tennis, barbequed meat and jazz.
Having played hockey at school and club level before uni, joining UYHC was something I had looked into before freshers’ week, and was certainly something I was keen to do. Having said this, after being sent my timetable a seed of doubt was planted as to whether I would be able to juggle the many hours of contact time deemed necessary for biochemists and a university hockey playing career. Unfortunately the first person I was to notice at fresher trials was the now first team captain (Pete Newton), dancing past a number of others, smooth as a Barry White greatest hits album, a difficult standard to keep up with. I admit I was very apprehensive during trials, but after playing with a number of freshers in my first game for the seconds I quickly realised we all shared the same worries, which put my mind to rest.
Quickly Wednesdays became something to look forward to; BUCS matches followed by evening socials. Naturally other UYHC members (not just the freshers) became my best friends at university and I feel confident in saying by Summer term I knew 95% of the club and could have quite happily stopped for a chat with them on campus, male and female, first, second, third and fourth years.
As for my studies, without publicly airing my results, I’m in no way more intelligent than the average hungover student and I passed my first year very comfortably whilst playing for the first team. So any initial doubt, it would seem, was misplaced. Something I would like to stress to any incoming freshers with similar worries.
In just one year at the club I’ve experienced my greatest sporting moments to date, namely in the Roses varsity match against Lancaster with massive crowds watching on. I’ve featured in more night out tales than I’d care to tell my mother and settled into one of the closest knit communities in the university.
I can’t stress enough how much of a role UYHC has played in making my first year at uni one I wouldn’t haven’t have changed in the slightest.