Dear Diary, what is Prosh?
All my conversations lately look like this.
Me: I’m doing Prosh
Non-proshers: What is Prosh?
And thus I launch into my explanation.
So I thought, today for my blog, I’d talk about one of the greatest uni events I have discovered at Melbourne Uni. I’m going to go through a list of some of the most asked questions about Prosh and answer them to the best of my ability.
Q. What is Prosh?
A. The best way to describe Prosh is a week-long game where there are multiple teams, and each team completes a list of things to earn points for their team.
Q. What do you have to do?
A. There really isn’t anything you have to do. A lot of the things people do during Prosh (such as getting intoxicated) don’t actually get your team points (sometimes they do), they just add to the experience. Things on the lists that teams get can include donating blood, giving your mum flowers, collecting bottle caps, or more intense things like getting a tattoo, performing a dance number, constructing a giant pirate ship. Throughout the day there are also many mini-games that teams participate in. For example, if you were at uni today you might have seen a race along the moat at south lawn where people had to scull their cans of soft drink/cider/beer/juice.
Q. How long does it go for?
A. Prosh goes for one week and starts at 8:00am every morning and finishes at midnight every night. The beauty of Prosh is that if you don’t want to do it, you don’t have to. If the 24-hour ‘long drive’ event means you’ll get car sick, maybe sit it out and waste your 24 hours on the 24-hour scavenger hunt.
Q. What team are you on?
A. I’m on the best team. UndeΨded (pronounced undecided), is the team run by the science students that accept anyone, even arts kids. The science team is quite large with 70+ members, but there are smaller teams with 10-20 members. Small teams compete separately to large teams in the tally of points at the end. There are also teams from other unis such as the RMITeam and the Uncultured Swines (Swinburne).
Q. How much does it cost?
A. Depends on what team you join. Personally, to be on the science team, we all paid $35 for the t-shirt and thats it. One of my friends on the Ormond team didn’t have to pay at all to join her team. The whole Prosh week isn’t actually affiliated with Melbourne Uni even though it is run on campus, so when you pay, you pay a team leader, not the actual faculty.
Q. Why should I do it?
A. It’s a great way to make friends on campus, get away from the stress of your studies, grab some drinks with other people competing and it’ll leave you with memories that you’ll never forget.
Q. When do I sign up?
A. I’m not sure if it’s too late to join a team for this year’s Prosh as it has already begun but I 100% recommend signing up for next year. Create your own team or join one. There is no limit on what age you can join Prosh, so you’ll never lose the chance to join in.
Okay, so hopefully that covered all the questions you had.
And with that, I hope you all have a great week watching the Proshers running around and having fun with your newfound knowledge of what they’re actually doing.
See you next time,