The Top Ten: experiences every Tuks first-year should have

MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN

The top ten is your weekly advice column. Study it and apply it because it is completely trustworthy and will ensure you are the coolest kid on campus. To start the year off, here are ten things that you absolutely have to do while you are a student at Tuks.

1. Steal a jottir – Madelief’s jottirs (the white polystyrene hats they wear) are their pride and joy. However, you will obtain even more pride and joy by successfully stealing one of these hats. Be warned, this can end in a vast amount of pain or an early return to your hometown. If you’re caught, Perdeby didn’t suggest this.

2. Attend a lunch-hour concert – Each Thursday around lunchtime, various musos perform for the less cultured beings of Tuks. These concerts are free and the generally beautiful, especially if the Camerata are showcasing their new repetoire.

3. Take a plunge in the bokdammetjie - The pond outside the Old Arts building has become progressively less green and more chlorinated with each year. This can only indicate that it’s intended to be swum in. Just check twice for the security guards on golf carts before jumping in.

4. Attend someone else’s lecture - Why not try out Plant Psychology 110 or an Ancient Cultures lecture. Tag along with a friend or stalk a random. Either way, the classes are generally big enough to go unnoticed. Unless they’re writing a class test in that period.

5. Watch Serrie prelims - Amateur dancing and off-key singing might not sound like fun but the atmosphere, crowd’s comments and the shirtless men make for quite an experience.

6. Be roped into a pyrimad scheme - Nothing says financial success as being co-erced by a new friend into a “exciting business deal that can see you earning up to R10 000 a month”. Whether it’s under the guise of health food or energy drinks, joining a pyrimad scheme means you lose all your savings but gain the life lesson of never being so easily fooled again.

7. Bunk a class - Spend your time exploring campus instead. The Zoology building has an elephant skeleton, South campus isn’t a myth and the SciEnza has a super cool mirror maze.

8. Physically alter yourself - Dye your hair pink, get several facial piercings or wear odd clothing. They won’t accept in the workplace so you best do it now. This does not mean embracing first-year spread.

9. Attend a music festival - Nothing beats a weekend away with friends, forgetting about your assignments and listening to good live music. Whether you’re caked in mud or dust, you’ll be garuanteed memories for life.

10. Join Perdeby - We have cool socials, occasionally get free stuff and are just generally awesome.

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