Frequently Asked Questions
  1. I'm not funny, can I still be in the Yule Play?
  2. What's the workload like for ASNC?
  3. Do I need to know x language before starting?
  4. What do I need to have read?
  5. What is this "Asnac Pub" I keep hearing about?
  6. Legends speak of an Asnac lunch - tell me more.
  7. Does the committee organise any outings for ASNCs?
Q: I'm not funny, can I still be in the Yule Play?
A: Yes! One of the wonderful things about ASNC is that everyone tends to have the same sort of pun-based humour. :) And if you don't want to write anything, we're always looking for actors and singers to be in the performance!
Q: What's the workload like for ASNC?
A: A lot of people asked this before even getting to Cambridge, so the first thing to say is relax! Everything can seem a bit hectic at first, but you will probably find that you get into a fairly good rhythm with supervision essays and that things start to fall into place. Generally, you will have one supervision essay per week, and then maybe some extra reading for lectures or translations for classes. It is a fair amount of work, but it is manageable and you will still have time to have fun, promise!
Q: Do I need to know x language before starting?
Absolutely not! All of the languages are started from scratch so there is no need for prior knowledge, and Latin is run at two levels in first year to accommodate for those who haven't had the opportunity to learn it before, so it's possible to choose based on how you feel about your language skills. In Fresher's Week, there are grammar workshops too, to make sure that everyone is on the same page ready to start learning the languages.
Q: What do I need to have read?
Nothing! There are suggested reading lists that you can dip into before coming here, including a list compiled by our archiepiscopus, Julia, but you're not expected to arrive here already knowing everything about Icelandic politics in the early middle ages, for example. Just have a look at the stuff that interests you - that's the best way to get going with the reading.
Q: What is this "Asnac Pub" I keep hearing about?
By long tradition, the popular weekly lecture for Part I Old English literature concluded at 5pm on a Friday and was followed by a brief trip to the pub. The current pub of choice is The Castle, on Castle Hill. An ASNaC presence in the pub is assured throughout termtime, and is frequent outside it. A jolly old time is had by all, further facilitated by the occasional and random re-appearance of long-departed ASNaCs who peddle their boring tales of yore. Stay there all night every week or just wander in for a quick pint every so often - either way you'll be welcomed warmly (if not coherently).
C: Legends speak of an Asnac lunch - tell me more.
Well, that's more a command than a question, but OK.

What better way to start the week than with a hearty meal? Every Monday a stalwart cadre of culinary colossi provide a sumptuous repast of the likes not seen outside the Hall of the Slain, costing a mere two pounds fifty sterling. The service starts at one o' clock, and for a fair few hours the common room fills with hungry students: come for the food, stay for the company.

If you don't like what's served at ASNC lunch, or want something in particular to appear in future weeks, then you can email the catering officer! Check the contacts list of this website for an up-to-date email for them.
Q: Does the committee organise any outings for ASNCs?
A: Every so often, the Society actually organises a more serious form of event, generally in the form of a yearly black tie dinner (usually around January) and a series of lectures from individuals of varying eminence. Less formal than the the Department's official guest lectures, these generally tend towards the lighter side of all things ASNaC, but also provide a great chance to mingle with a few of the great names you'll know from your textbooks, without all the lecturers and grad students trying to overshadow you. Seasonal activites are also organised, such as picnics and Christmas parties.