Story Norwich

Last semester was super busy for me, and one of the reasons it was so hectic was because I’m involved in planning a week of events in February 2017 called Story Norwich, which I’m really excited about! Being at uni brings so many amazing opportunities, and the project has been one of the most challenging but rewarding things I’ve been involved in so far. I hope Story Norwich will be something loads of students can get involved in and enjoy…

Story Norwich is a week of events hosted by UEA Christian Union, from the 5th – 10th February. There’ll be events every day on campus – free food and drink, live music, lunchtime and evening talks from guest speakers and a chance to hear from members of the Christian Union.

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We all have a story, and we’d love for you to join us as we explore how our stories are shaped and what they mean. Come along to our events to hear stories of lives that have been changed by God, investigate the gospel story and uncover your own story. All events are free, and you don’t need to sign up.

We’re kicking off the week with free live music in the LCR from the band Lion of Judah on Sunday 5th February at 7.30pm. Then at 1pm each day we’ll be serving a free lunch and covering some ‘big question’ topics such as ‘is the Bible reliable?’ and ‘why does God allow suffering?’. Our evening events start at 7.30pm, with homemade cakes and hot drinks and we’ll hear stories of identity, acceptance, and purpose. To find out more about all our events, you can check out the full week timetable here and our Facebook event here.

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In the lead up to Story Norwich, we’ve been releasing stories from members of the CU on social media. There are some really amazing stories of how CU members have encountered God in their lives, and it’s also a great way to get to know the CU a bit better! Head over to our Facebook page to read some of the stories so far, and more can be found on our website. You can stay up to date with Story Norwich and our events by liking our Facebook page or you can also find us on Instagram and Twitter!

It’s gonna be an incredible week. All the events are totally free of charge so we’d love for you to come along to any or all events! If you want to know more about Christianity or the CU it’s a great chance to hear about what we believe and ask any questions you have. Even if you’re not sure, drop in for a hot drink and a chat – all are welcome!

See you there!

On the Radio

At university there’s loads of really amazing opportunities on offer to you. One of these many opportunities is getting involved with UEA radio, Livewire 1350. Being on the radio is pretty exciting, and we also boast past presenters like Radio 1’s Greg James, who was part of Livewire during his time here at UEA.

Two of my friends, Sam and Adam, have a radio show at 9-10.30am on Friday mornings, and last week I was lucky enough to be a guest on their show for one of their new segments, ‘library run’. Competing against two other friends, Ruth and Jecinta, I had to run to the library and try and find the funniest book I could about farmyard animals. I managed to win with a book called ‘Interstellar Pig’, a proud moment indeed! Being on the radio, even briefly, was super exciting, so if you’re interested in media or radio, make sure you check out Livewire if you come to UEA.

I thought I’d do a quick Q&A with Sam and Adam so they can give a bit more of an insight into what it’s like to be part of UEA radio…

How did you get involved with Livewire?

Adam: I saw Livewire at the freshers societies fair and thought it would be something different so signed up and gave a demo show and I was given the breakfast show slot.

Sam: I never actually planned to get involved with Livewire. A flatmate asked me to demo with her and I begrudgingly accepted. One thing lead to another, and now I have been on two different breakfast shows and I am the host of the sports show!

What’s the best part about being on the radio?

Adam: You get to do lots of exciting things and can get involved with a wide range of events. Some people last year helped Greg James broadcast live from Unio (one of our campus cafes) on Radio 1!

Sam: Adam Young. Also the opportunity to create really interesting and fun content.

What’s the worst part about being on the radio?

Adam: Although I love my show, having to get up super early to start at 9am on a Friday is rather tricky!

Sam: Adam Young. Livewire is great but can be nerve-racking at first. However, once you overcome this it can really improve your confidence.

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If you think Livewire is something you might want to get involved in at UEA, make sure you check out their website and twitter. Find out more about Sam and Adam’s show on their Facebook page.

Berlin

One of the societies I’m part of at UEA is the History Society. They organise all kinds of socials and events, from film nights to nights out, and an annual Spring Ball which is coming up in April. Back in January I got the opportunity to go to Berlin with the History Society which was a brilliant start to the year!

The trip was only around £160, which covered flights and accommodation, as well as the cost of various activities that were planned for the week. I’d never been to Berlin before, so the opportunity to go at such a good price was one I couldn’t turn down!

We stayed in Berlin from Monday to Friday, giving us 3 full days there. On the first day we went on a walking tour of the city, which was a brilliant way to see all the sights and learn about some of the history (it was a history soc trip after all!). The only downside was the temperature, as walking around isn’t quite as fun when it’s minus 10 and you are beginning to worry that losing limbs to frostbite could be a serious issue. But at least the freezing temperature meant we got snow, so everything looked extra magical! In the evening we got to go on a guided tour of the Reichstag, home of German Parliament. There was also the chance to see Berlin at night from the glass dome on top of the Reichstag, which has to be one of the best views of the city.

For our second day a trip had been organised to go to Stasi Prison, but my friend Jessie and I decided to use the day to properly explore Berlin instead. The great thing about the trip was you could pick and choose what activities you wanted to do to get the most out of your time in Berlin. We revisited some of the places we’d seen briefly on the walking tour, and spent the afternoon in the DDR Museum, which was all about life in East Germany after the war, where we also made the most of the warm environment and free wifi!

For our third, and last full day in Berlin, we travelled to Sachsenhausen concentration camp, which was just over an hours train ride from our Hostel. It was an extremely bleak place to visit, but it was moving and thought-provoking, both on a historical and personal level. Then on the last day, before leaving for the airport, we squeezed in a visit to the East Side Gallery, a section of the Berlin Wall just round the corner from where we were staying.

The chance to experience the culture and history of Berlin and meet new people through the history society was fantastic. If you’re heading off to uni in September definitely look into what societies you can join, they offer some of the best opportunities that’ll you’ll get from your time at university. I loved the trip to Berlin, and can’t wait to see where the History Society will organise for a trip next year.