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Salient: An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University Wellington. Vol. 24, No. 1. 1961

The Fresher Sportsman or Sportswoman

The Fresher Sportsman or Sportswoman

So you're a fresher. And you dabbled in athletics or basketball at school. Well, what are you going to do about it? Throw it all in and pitch into work as hard as you can go? Admirable, but you may end up like some of the physical cretins that infest the place to their everlasting shame. And that, children, would be a horrible fate.

No, set your feet firmly on the ground, doff your hat politely to your Alma Mater and select a sports club you are interested in. Then find the secretary or president, or someone, and with dignified and quiet composure forthwith declare your interest. [Note: Club secretaries and presidents have no divine powers, i.e. do not expect to be immolated by Jovian Thunderbolt or the like; club officials are generally quite human]

If your message gets across you will find you have taken the first and crucial step in a major adventure. Make no mistake about it: The people you meet, from your own and other faculties, the things you do (an extremely absorbing category, this) and, above all, the exercise you get, are all important in the production of that hypothetical creature of the educationalist, the well-balanced man.

Your primary reason, remember, is not all-important. To obtain the full benefit from your stay here, you must meet and talk with people, generally your fellow students, but your professors and lecturers are by no means unapproachable.

B. Dawkins

B. Dawkins

However, to meet people, what better way is there than to join a club, cultural or sporting, and starting from a basis of a common interest, strike up. what may prove to be life-long bonds of friendship with lawyers, politicians, scientists and so on.

Let's face it: Friends are useful, and friends of the very highest grade can be made in a University club. So in you go, the field's wide open.

B. Dawkins.