There’s only two weeks left until Parliament. Less than 336 hours!
Whether it’s your first time and you’re super nervous, or you know what to expect, here are fourteen things you can do, one for each day, to get ready for the weekend.
We all have to do this and while you may usually wait until the last minute to pack, I urge you to do it ahead of time this year. Save yourself some stress, and make sure you don’t leave anything behind (I’m looking at you, phone charger).
2 Research the Legislation
Once you get your prep package, make sure you take a look at all the wonderful legislation topics that we’ll be debating during the weekend! Find some that interest you, and take the chance to do some more research, or write down some of your thoughts on the topic. It’ll help you feel more prepared to speak in the house, and make you look like a pro.
3 Reach Out
If you’ve been to OYP before, make the effort to text/call/Facebook/Snapchat/send smoke signals to someone you haven’t seen since last year and tell them how excited you are to see them! If it’s your first time, consider reaching out- via the OYP Facebook page- and try to connect with someone that will be there. Knowing someone that’s going to be at parliament may help calm some nerves.
4 Write a Private Member’s Resolution (PMR)
If you’re really into the whole debate thing, consider researching and write a piece of legislation for us to debate in the house! If you have an idea that you’ve been itching to see at OYP go ahead and write it yourself! If you’re interested, reach out to any of the Cabinet members and we’ll make sure to put you in contact with the necessary people!
5 Prepare to Look Fabulous
Many people, myself included, probably haven’t worn the business formal attire necessary at OYP during the year. Before you pack, take this chance to try on everything you’re planning on bringing, and make sure it still fits. Need some inspiration? Check out the OYP Pinterest account and plan some cute/professional/smokin’ outfits.
6 Plan Your Costume
Between the first dance, the joke bill, and the house themes, you’ll get good use out of your costume for the weekend, so feel free to go all out. Again, keep an eye for the prep package to let you know what side of the house you’ll be on, and what your theme is! I can’t see what amazing and creative ideas you all come up with, and remember- it has to follow the rules of the house for the joke bill!
7 Research the Love Charities
We’ll be fundraising for two wonderful charities over the weekend, so it’s a good idea to know where your money is going. Find them in the prep package, and then make sure you do some research. It’s a great when you feel connected to the causes you’re supporting, and it may convince you to bring even more spare change!
Get lots of it. Because you won’t be able to during the weekend.
9 Brainstorm and Buy/Create Secret Friend Gifts
Sure, you don’t know who your secret friend is yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start preparing surprises for them! Whether from the store or homemade, sending your secret friend gifts is a highlight of the weekend. Stuck? I always turn to Pinterest for inspiration, and candy is never a bad idea. Just remember, no eating in the house!
10 Do Your Homework (literally)
Although you may plan on getting your homework and readings done, let’s just admit it: that’s probably not going to happen. Take these two weeks and try to get as much done as you can. Yes, it will be awful in the moment, but you’ll thank yourself when you can go through the weekend stress free and focus on what’s happening at parliament.
11 Playlists for the bus ride
Depending on where you’re coming from, you could be on the bus for quite a while. While much of that time will be filled with meeting new people, reconnecting with old friends, and playing games, it never hurts to have a killer playlist on hand in case you need a break. This will be especially helpful on the bus ride home, when someone has fallen asleep on your shoulder and everyone around you is too exhausted to talk.
12 Buy Candy for the Pages
You don’t want to be that person. You know, the one that just expects pages to deliver your notes without payment. Head out to the stores and pick up the best candy you can find (make sure it’s nut free!) and then just sit back at OYP and watch yourself incredibly fast service.
13 Practice words to Paradise by the Dashboard Lights
It’s an unofficial OYP anthem, played every year at the banquet. If you’re a first year delegate, blow everyone away by knowing every single word. I’m sure everyone else needs a refresher, too. A few quick listens will get you in the OYP spirit, and will ensure you won’t miss out on all the fun.
14 Get excited!
Only two weeks! It will fly by and soon enough we’ll be at OYP. Take it in, feel free to scream, jump up and down, dance, or do whatever you need to. I can’t wait to see you there!
Written by Eliza Moratz, Legislation Minister
Photo by Nic Hull