My role as ‘Mature student officer’ is to be available for queries and issues that the mature students have and to help direct queries that may not be in my remit but that I can help send in the right direction. To the newbies, I’ll tell them not to be afraid to ask anything no matter how silly, the lecturers require your ask anything to keep them on their toes and because the younger ones won’t want to lose face by seeming uncool whereas you with your socks and sandals have already gone well past looking cool. To the returning matures I’ll say something about saying hi to the fellow matures and help making them feel part of something , they need to remember their first semester when they couldn’t tell staff from student, (the lecturers aren’t carrying anything).
I’ll probably have to mention that the mature student society has a Facebook page but that Bebo and Myspace aren’t a thing anymore and that they meet every week. The Mature student officer will be holding pop up clinics for any mature students on campus throughout the year and can be reached at this very address ‘ firstname.lastname@example.org‘ via the interweb.
I’ll also say I’ll look forward to meeting them throughout the semester where we can exchange tales of how many time we have to get up in the night to pee and where to get good beige clothing.