5. Losing Your Voice

Welcome Week leaves behind some lasting memories for many students. One of the more common, however, is something more damaging than memories…but much more rewarding in the short term. Because, inevitably, many people involved with Welcome Week will lose their voice.

Last year, a majority of Welcome Week leaders lost theirs, like Jennifer above who unsurprisingly was unable to keep her voice intact. Jeremie, Eaton Pride, lost his by the time the last day came around, although he was also getting sick at the time I believe. The Welcome Week experience is not designed to protect your vocal chords, there’s no question about it.

However, this is one of those times when losing your voice is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength. When you lose your voice during Welcome Week, it means that you’re yelling at the top of your lungs, cheering as far as your words can take you, and that’s the sign of someone who is dedicated to their house, and to the Welcome Week experience.

So, prepare your vocal chords: I suggest some warm up exercises of loud, excessive cheering. Wake the neighbours. I’m sure it will be okay. While some might question this being so high up the list, I think it’s one of those things that you just need to experience to understand its significance.

Because when you lose your voice during Welcome Week, in retrospect it will be one of the best feelings in the world. At the time, eh, might be kind of uncomfortable. But just think of the memories, and you’ll be fine.