On Sunday the 24th of September 2017, the second week of my first semester as a first-year law student ended, and assignments were already starting to pile up. And when it comes to school work, anxiety does not fail to follow, and neither does high expectancy of myself.
I could have stayed home, locked up in my room all day, in order to finish (and to be honest, start…) my civil law assignment, due on Tuesday; but I had something else planned for the morning. Indeed, on Sunday the 24th of September, the third edition of RunAssceaux took place. RunAssceaux is a project created by the Grande Ecole du Droit students, which aims at raising funds and support the charity Vaincre la Muscoviscidose (literally Overcome cystic fibrosis). The charity organised once again their annual race/run, the Virades de l’Espoir, in which several GED students participated, myself included.
It is thanks to this annual fundraising event that I discovered what cystic fibrosis exactly was. This life-shortening disease is a genetic disease that causes lung infections and, over time, limits the ability to breathe. Each year, families, friends, students and colleagues gather round and run together in an act of solidarity, to show their support and raise awareness about this little-known and yet life-threatening disease.
When I arrived at around 9 am at the Parc de Sceaux, it was crowded: you could feel the overall jovial mood, and we were blessed with a wonderful weather, which made the park itself even more lovely. I eventually spotted the other GED students: some came to run, and others came as volunteers (to make sure the event goes on smoothly). After taking a few pictures, we joined the other runners at the start line, and off we went on our 5-km run!
Since I have always lived near the Parc de Sceaux, I was already familiar with the race circuit (although I did discover a few passageways I didn’t know the existence of): among the trees, flowers and lakes, the Parc de Sceaux really is a pleasant place for a morning run. I am not particularly athletic, but I actually enjoy running (as long as I have my music with me): it allows me to clear my mind and I definitely feel much more energetic afterwards. It seems to me that taking some time off from studying and doing some sort of physical activity or hobby (making music in my case, for instance), makes you more productive in the end. Yet, students and actually people, generally speaking tend to neglect physical and mental health nowadays and I believe that’s a shame.
On the whole, I very much enjoyed taking part in this fundraising event. I did my work out of the week, and I received a medal (we actually all did). But more seriousIy, I am most importantly glad I was able to contribute to a good cause. This year, RunAssceaux collected 505€ (thanks to the contributors): this money entirely went to the charity, and I hope it will help create new treatments for the patients, improve their living conditions, and hopefully find a cure.
Lizy KIM (GED1)