By Christos Cunning
Especially for a first year, E-Week is one of the many EUS events cloaked in mystery, starting from hearing stories during Frosh, leading to the “theme of fake themes” and, of course, the cryptic pre-pre-schedule. There is a massive mess of information out there, and when I tried asking some involved people questions, all I got in reply was vague non-answers.
As I distracted myself from my first finals season by imagining the beer bath that was Century Club and the mysterious can’t-miss event called 3-Man, and attempting to decode what Cumberland Falls and Snakes Eyes could possibly mean, I knew the only solution was that I was just going to have to (try to) attend every event to find out.
The week began tame, as I attended the ECSESS Captains and Team Meet and Greet. It turns out the pre-party was also department Time Trials (which I figured was a bit out of my league first year) and Beer Olympics team tryouts (which I was much more interested in). When asked, upon the advice of many experienced E-Weekers, I had checked off “all of the above” on our E-Week Interest Form, so, I partook in all of the above. Still, that night was mostly relaxed, and I now realize it was the calm before the coming storm.
Thus began E-Week, on Tuesday I entered the tundra of Blues Pub, which included opening ceremonies and the first rookie challenge. As I had been picked as one of the ECSESS rookies, I was looking forward to the position. As for the opening ceremonies, I’m still not sure if that ended up ever happening, but I was having a good time at Blues Pub anyways so I didn’t let it bother me. After Blues and a quick pit stop at Gert’s, we all began boarding buses to the unknown location that would host the night’s events: Beer Olympics.
Then came Wednesday morning. My first experience, of many, waking up early after a long night of E-Week events, and it was definitely not easy. Try as I might, I could not find the energy to go to any events before 4PM. Nevertheless, it may have turned out to be a positive that I saved my energy. Apparently, on Monday night at the meet and greet, I had somehow been talked into joining the ECSESS running team for the Pub Crawl. Considering my MERTW marathon team got lapped, it may have not been the brightest idea to join a running team, but I did end up enjoying the exhilarating feeling of sprinting through the slippery streets of downtown Montreal.
Then came Wednesday morning. My first experience, of many, waking up early after a long night of E-Week events, and it was definitely not easy.
Again, Thursday I was stuck in bed until the sun started to set, this time with sore legs from my first physical activity in six months: at least I was getting good exercise. In order to prepare my feeble first year body for the onslaught of drinking that was Century Club, I only attended Blues Pub. After learning ECSESS had beat Mech and Old Patrol to win boat races, I wished I had gathered up the energy to attend, as that was something I had to see to believe.
[Friday] is rightfully the pinnacle of E-Week, namely thanks to two events: 3-Man and, of course, Century Club.
Then came Friday: the climax of my time in the jungle of Planet Earth. It is rightfully the pinnacle of E-Week, namely thanks to two events: 3-Man and, of course, Century Club. Both were extremely fun in their own ways, but 3-Man was specifically special for me as a first year. It opened my eyes to how much energy and spirit engineers can bring to an event that, if you break it down, is just an elaborate excuse to drink and have others drink (who also want an excuse to drink). Century Club was slightly different in the sense that nobody even attempted to come up with a reason for the drinking, but I think the less said about that night the better. I will only say that I now understand why it was given the nickname Monsoon Season.
And finally, Saturday. Like the rest of the week, I unfortunately was unable to make it to a single day event, and though I did end up going to Ultimate Pre and Closing Ceremonies, I didn’t have enough energy left in me to keep going, and as much as I hate to admit it, I was ready to leave that wild week behind. Closing ceremonies did end up being pretty cool thanks in part to the live band (shout-out to that Civil girl with the awesome Hamilton rap cover). The speeches and awards were a great way to wrap up the week and, although I was bummed that ECSESS lost to Mech yet again, I know there will be plenty more E-Weeks to make up for it.
As someone who just finished their inaugural E-Week at McGill, it is now clear to me why this is such a hyped and loved event.
Looking back as I write this, though I did still immensely enjoy my time exploring the McGillian Wilds of Planet E-Week, there were some lessons I learned. First, is the advice that was given to me many times prior and I still failed to heed, is that E-Week is a marathon, not a sprint. If I had properly followed those wise words I would have likely made it to many more day events, which brings me to the second thing I learned. After hearing about all the fun that I missed while I was sleeping in, I definitely want to manage my time better next year to make all the many different events E-Week has to offer aside from the mass consumption of beverages. As someone who just finished their inaugural E-Week at McGill, it is now clear to me why this is such a hyped and loved event. It brings together so much of engineering in a week of non-stop action and really exemplifies the great community of engineers that has been built here at McGill.