Une rentrée très spéciale !

Bienvenue à tous !

Quelle drôle d’année 2020 sommes-nous en train de vivre… Nous sommes pour autant ravis de pouvoir nous retrouver et pour les nouveaux, vous rencontrer, lors de cette rentrée si particulière !

Nous espérons que vous passerez une excellente année au sein de Polytech Grenoble.

La limitation des rassemblements a récemment conduit le BDE à reporter ses évènements en présentiel. Pour autant, vous pouvez compter sur le BDJ qui vous a concocté une soirée gaming en ligne dès ce vendredi !

L’ensemble de l’équipe du blog vous souhaite une excellente rentrée 2020 !

How to: Getting married as students? Organizational tips (#2)

As the summer approaches, the wedding season gets closer!

If you haven’t read the first part of this article, here is the link to find it !

 

With time passing by, you might be starting to stress a little bit more about the organization of your party. Don’t worry, it is totally normal!

You might have found your dress, and already chosen the place of your dinner reception. The key feature you should start worrying about is the caterer for your dinner. In fact, some places are only rentable if you choose to hire one of their caterers. In this case, the price might be a little higher, but the choice becomes a straightforward process and the organization is usually easier as the caterer already knows the kitchen and the furniture of the place.

In order to choose a caterer, you need to define which type of dinner you want: A seated dinner? A buffet?

A seated meal can look more luxurious and exceptional, although it might be more expensive as you need to pay the numerous waiters. We decided to go for a buffet, so our guests can choose between different courses. Moreover, we thought that it was more pleasant for the guests to give them the possibility of moving a little and talk with other tables during the dinner. Something you need to check before hiring a caterer, is if he or she imposes a corkage fee. In fact, it is often more interesting to bring your own drinks, but the caterer can ask for more than €5 for each bottle you bring. If it is the case, then you can probably abandon the idea of bringing your own drinks.

Aperçu traiteur

If you feel courageous or if you know people working in catering, you might want to organize yourself the whole meal. It might be very interesting and very satisfying, but you need to realize that it requires a lot of time and a very strong organization! In fact, you need to think about where you’ll buy food, who will go and transport the food, where to rent a refrigerated truck, who will do the service, where will you rent the tablecloths and napkins, how will you get the tableware etc. It is completely doable but most of the time, hiring a caterer is much more interesting and it will save you lots of stress and organizational issues.

 

Now that your guests have received a Save the Date and that you have found how you will proceed for the meal, you can start sending the final invitations. It should be done 3 to 4 months before your D-Date, and you should ask for responses 1 or 2 months before the wedding.

As we got confined, we had a lot of time to do the invitations ourselves from Canson paper and die-cutting plate. Although, I recommend you buy “simple” cards on the internet. Then, if you want to, you’ll be able to customize them with some ribbon, lace or whatever pleases you!

In order to remain as organized as possible, I encourage you to create an excel file with all the contact details of your guests and whom is invited to which part of the wedding (ceremony + dinner or just ceremony). Then, you’ll be able to add a column to specify  if you have  already sent an invitation or not, another column with their response! It would be very useful if you can also add a column in order to write down if your guest is an adult / teen / child or baby. Then, you will easily access  the exact number of adults staying for dinner, and the number of children in order to hire a babysitter or two! This information will be very important to communicate to your caterer, and for you to draft a seating plan for example.

Name Age Mail Address Invitation R. Ceremony R. Dinner
Charles Phillip Ingalss Adult Ingalls@gmail.com Little House on the Prairie Sent Yes Yes
Sophie de Réan Children NA Château de Réan Sent Yes No

 

Don’t hesitate to delegate tasks to your witnesses! They will probably be thrilled to take part of such an event! One last and major rule to apply:

On the D-Day, you shouldn’t take care of anything else than you and your spouse!

A TIS Student getting involved in the children refugees lives’ in Lebanon

This summer, Sixtine T. will go to Lebanon with an association named “SOS chrétiens d’Orient”. This association is meant to help Christian populations which are persecuted in Middle East. It is active in Lebanon but also in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan and Armenia. She started by taking steps to get involved with them because she valued their project. Using profile and personality tests, they decided to send her to Lebanon, where she will be the most useful.

“ – What will you do in Lebanon?

– I will have a lot of propositions like organize and participate to summer camps for Iraqi and Syrian children who are refugees in Lebanon. They are a lot (~18% of the people living in Lebanon). I might be doing French or English classrooms for the adults. I will also visit needy people: elderly, disabled, precarious, in reintegration or in prison, etc. Another aspect is to help manage donations as the association also provides emergency aid and helps reviving the local economy. As an example, last year they helped to grow a vine as there is Lebanese wine. I will probably work there. In short, there is a lot to do. The association is present in Beirut but also in Tripoli, Al Qaa, a northern city next to the Syrian border and Rmeish, next to the Israeli border.

I will be gone for 2 months. My whole humanitarian summer! It won’t really be a vacation time, as there is no break in humanitarian trips. I won’t work from Monday to Friday but from Monday to … Sunday. In this service, it is said that we have 1 week end off in the month to do tourism, walks, to relax and do cool activities with the others volunteers in Lebanon, but I will see the country and discover the culture during my mission. I’m very happy to leave!

Political map of Lebanon

– When did you decide to go and why?

– It’s been a while since I wanted to participate in a humanitarian project. Since middle School I guess. I was wondering when would I have the opportunity, if I would have to take a gap year or not, etc. I really had a lot of questions. At the beginning of my school year in Polytech Grenoble, I discovered that, as I already did last year, my internship was already valid. I realized that I had a 2-month vacation time so that it was the occasion to do something I wanted to live. From the start of the year, I talked about it to my parents and started my researches for an association I could go with. I had to think of what I wanted to do and where I wanted to travel. As a matter of fact, I wanted to go alone (to work with new people and without any of my friends), and in a foreign country.

Humanitarian aid is something you can start where you live. As an example, in Grenoble, there are a lot of poor people in the streets that requires help. The thing is, what I needed was a personal experience while leaving my home and my loved ones for a time abroad, to get to see and help local populations.  As a Christian, I’m affected to see these populations getting persecuted because of their beliefs. I wanted to see and to live with them in order to understand better, in another way than using media. It is also an opportunity to bring a concrete help with whom I am. In fact, I am not rich but I can give them my time. I know that when I’ll get back from Lebanon, I will have personally grown a lot even if I know what I’ll bring them will be ridiculous. Finally, if I can make them smile, forget their daily life for a while, help educate a few ones and offer them some holidays, I would be happy with that. I know this is what I can bring in my own little way. I believe that providing help up to one’s capabilities and being able to live a strong personal experience as this one is necessary to build oneself.

During the school year, we saw Sixtine getting prepared for her trip as they have to get informed on the country’s situation. They also need to know the places they are willing to help: it’s geography and tense situation. They must understand political principles and the population’s situation of the people they will help. She found it very interesting!

 This preparation time is meant to keep them safe while they will be in the villages and to give them the best tools to provide the best help they can to populations they will visit.

“- How many volunteers will be with you?

-I don’t know yet. For now, there are approximately 50 volunteers who stay in their affiliated country during the whole year (16 in Lebanon) but in the summer, a lot of students or young adults swell the ranks. There were some training sessions in Lyon for the potential volunteers to inform them and introduce them to head of mission or some old volunteers. Before you go, you have to know the mission well. I met a few potential fellows in Lyon but they might be sent in Egypt or Syria instead.

My case officer says we will be plenty in Lebanon as there are multiple things to do and they need many people to organize these summer camps for refugee children. The amount of volunteers in Lebanon depends on how many people will volunteer as this volunteership is not insignificant. As you can imagine, it is meaningful to go in Lebanon to help Christian persecuted populations while you are yourself Christian. Even if all securities conditions are respected, the trip is still a little dangerous. In Lebanon, I guess we will be around 30 volunteers or more. “

If you’re hesitating to go on a humanitarian journey, you have to ask yourself the right questions. It will surely be an amazing experience which you might not be able to live many times again. Nevertheless, you need to be ready and to know what you’re capable of. For example, if you are depressed or very afraid of blood it might not be the best idea to go and help in hospitals. You need to question yourself on what experience could suit you the most, or which one could make you grow the most. Do you need to go abroad or do you feel you have to stay where you are? Should you get involved alone, with your companion or with a friend?

Remember that helping others is something you can start in your local sphere, while getting out of work or walking in the streets. Leaving for a trip requires another involvement, if you really want to live something special. In a conclusion, I would say that if you’re hesitating, you won’t regret the journey.

How to: Getting married as students? Organizational tips (#1)

Here it is, you have found your soulmate! You may have met both families and the wedding is to be scheduled. There is just an ultimate detail: you’re still a student with a tiny budget! Don’t panic, you’re on the right page.

If you wonder how to organize a beautiful wedding with a tiny budget, then keep reading! 

 

The first thing to know is how much time do you have before getting married. The more time, the easier it is to organize. Having a whole year allows an ideal organization, but things are easily workable in 8 / 10 months. 

Then, you may have to dress a first draft of a list of people you want to invite, especially for the dinner. Friends, family? This first list will highly influence your decisions concerning a major point of your organization: the dinner’s location. In fact, the room has to be large enough for all your guests. You should search for a 10% larger room than expected with your first draft as, even if some people won’t come, you surely will have other guests your forgot to write down on your list. However, the size of the room isn’t the only characteristic you have to check. A key feature that could make a difference is the kitchen (if there is one): is it sufficient to cook the whole meal for all your guests, is the equipment suitable for the whole evening ? Moreover, some places have enough tables, chairs and dishes to receive a lot of people, but some don’t. Make sure to check what equipment and services are included in the price of the rent. 

If you have a tiny budget, try to rent a village hall. Most of the time, these rooms are perfectly suitable for large receptions and very affordable. If you want a more charming place, you should find domains or castles to rent, but you will strongly increase the cost. Keep in mind that you can still decorate your room with flowers, sheers or garlands. Another way to reduce the cost of the rent, is to get married during the week or in winter and not on the weekends in the middle of the summer. In fact, almost all places adjust their prices. As an example, we had a 20% discount on the price of the rent because we decided to get married on a Monday instead of a Saturday. Check the national holidays, for you might find a very nice date to get married during a week! Few places even offer a 50% discount during the week or the winter. 

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BDJ: What Else?

Polytech Grenoble has many « cells », student associations, which allow to galvanize the school life. Let’s focus on one of them: the BDJ – “Bazar des Jeux“.

BDJ Logo

The BDJ is quite a new cell as it was created in 2015. At the beginning, students used to play board games and some role-plays only. Nowadays, they have different sections so that every player finds a game that suits him. In fact, the cell is divided into 3 sections: board game, role-play and a video game
section, each one with a referent student. There is a large variety of activities in the BDJ: gaming afternoons in Polytech; gaming nights hosted outside; Theme parties and exceptional events such as laser game contest, treasure hunt, escape game. A few students get even more invested sometimes to prepare initiations to games they master. Few weeks ago, we had the chance to discover how to play “Magic!”, a popular card game. Last year, we got initiated to the famous “Go” game, the oldest board game still played. The board game section was the first one in the BDJ with some role-plays. Today, there are plenty of board games which are used every week by students in the school. This collection of board games is meant for students to enjoy a quality time together between classes or at the end of the day. As an example: Pandemic, The Werewolves of Millers Hollow, Gobb’it !, Dixit and Codenames Pictures are some of the games that will surely be there at every BDJ event!

Concerning the role-play part, players gather approximately once every 2 weeks to play one-shot stories. It means that players can come to play just once to discover a role playing game (RPG) through one “short” story invented by the game master. I asked the referent of the role-play section his vision of the role playing game: “RPG is an activity that leaves a lot of place to improvisation and imagination, which allows players to live the adventures they conceive. As there are RPG on every type of universes and eras, anyone can find a playing style that suits him (or her): futurist, medieval, enigmatic … In a nutshell, RPG are a type of game that always provides thrilling moments between friends and epic adventures.”

Last but not least, the video game section is meant to flourish. It has been well started this year as a few events were organized. Let’s focus on one of them: “Smash Ultimate at Polytech!” It took place in Polytech, on Thursday 17th October. On a rainy afternoon after classes, about thirty students stayed in the school to contest on Smash Ultimate on a big screen or just to play board games at the back of an amphitheatre, as usual during a BDJ gathering. “The event was very cool and friendly. It was a mix of video games and board games. I think the tournament aimed at fun, not competition. “
Moreover, this year, the BDJ has 2 teams of 7 “League of Legends” gamers participating at the national tournament “La Grosse Ligue”. This winter, students faced other schools every Wednesday evening. Many gamers from Polytech plan to attempt to the tournament next year. “It was very fun to gather and to establish strategies as a team before the games. We got to know each other better as we already had common interests. I will be part of the GL next year!”

Bannière BDJ

2020 will be an intense year for the BDJ as many events are already planned by the staff members!
Stay tuned, and have a happy new year!