Thinking of joining us? Meet our member Xiaojian

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Since Cranfield University’s Walks  formed in April 2011 many students participated in its activities, which enabled them to discover the UK’s extensive network of footpaths and enjoy and appreciate beauty of the UK’s countryside. If you are a new student coming to Cranfield University and thinking of joining, hear from our existing and past members about their experiences  of being part of the society:
Xiaojian enjoying a hike at Brecon Beacons, Wales
Xiaojian enjoying a hike in Brecon Beacons

Today I am talking to Xiaojian. Hello Xiaojian! Tell us something about yourself. I was a PhD student in School of Engineering (now School of Energy, Environment and Agrifood), studying wind energy technology.

What was your role in the walking society? I was a photo editor of the walking society, responsible for taking, collecting and editing, and distributing photos for our members. I was called in for any html coding emergencies and to resolve the Picasa versus Google + issues.  But mostly, my role was quite flexible and I received a lot support from other members.

What were your 3 favourite Cranfield University’s Walks events and why? It’s a very difficult question for me, I had good feelings for nearly every walk I have participated in. My personal favourites are the walk to Stewarby Lake and St Mary’s Church, where we had the chance to learn about local history, the walk from Great Barford to Bedford walk, where we could see some amazing heritage like the Willington Dovecote and  Stables, and the 3-day walk in Wales, where we managed to visit the seaside resort Tenby (also the Caldey Island) and climb a series of mountains in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

What walking boots and other walking gear  did you have that you found indispensable during the walks? I have a pair of Karrimor boots. They work well for me  and were very cheap. But I also know a lot of members of the walking society have North Face boots, which may be better in quality but need a bit more financial investment. I think a waterproof jacket/coat is necessary, umbrella won’t work in this windy country!

What did being a member of Cranfield University’s Walks mean to you? Becoming a member of the walking society gave me the opportunity to meet a lot of friends in and out of my own school and explore Great Britain’s history, culture and geographical wonders. It is a very healthy way of life, too.

Why would you recommend anyone at Cranfield University to join the walking society?  Walking society is a very unique society, which not only helps you win friendship, keep fit, see beautiful scenery, but also enriches your knowledge in nature, history and many other area. It would definitely make your life at Cranfield University different and much more delightful and enjoyable.

Thank you, Xiaojian nice talking to you. All the best in your future endeavours and keep on walking!

Visit our Membership page on how to join Cranfield University’s Walks.

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