THE GREAT OUTDOORS-DUNDEE AND BEYOND

Its Monday morning. It 9am. And its a new semester.

Students may therefore be experiencing the following symptoms:

-withdrawals of home comforts

-inability to function and form proper sentences before 10am

-forgetting how to cook and fully adult for oneself

-denial about the upcoming semester and looming dissertation

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms I am officially diagnosing you with the “Christmas Blues”. Worry not- reality will soon set in and cure you. For those of you (including myself) were brave enough to join DUSSC on their annual winter holiday (for the second time) you will all know how I feel right now. If you have yet to experience a DUSSC (Dundee University Ski Snowboard Club) holiday I recommend going on at least one before you leave uni. There is no other point in your life when it will be acceptable to dress up as a seagull (the animal of Dundee) to go on a night out.

Flying out to France on NYE with a bunch of your mates is definitely a great way to kick off the New Year. Despite our flight being diverted to Lyon due to freezing fog, not even Mother Nature was enough to stop us making it to the resort in time (literally made it to the venue at 11.55pm) and celebrating Hogmanay as part of a joint ceilidh with Glasgow Uni. Kilts and tartan galore, NYE 2017 was definitely a night to remember.

For those who aren’t great skiers (me) or who have never skied before, don’t let that stop you. DUSSC run weekly lessons in the run up to the holiday to get you up to speed. They also teach you how to apres with a number of socials that will see you shot toffee vodka and become a three legged man for the night. This year we were in Les Deux Alpes in France but generally the holiday rotates between Val Thorens, Tignes etc. So if you felt your New Year was a little dull this year, get involved with DUSSC and keep an eye out for the announcement of next year’s winter holiday! Its not one to miss and it will guarantee you a case of the Christmas Blues.

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