As summer winds down and the stress of a new semester inevitably begins to sink in, students found a way to enjoy the summer heat one last time in the form of the annual Back to School Bash.
The event is hosted by Campus Activities Board at Summer Fun Water Park, which allows students to kick off the new semester in style.
Assistant Director of Campus Activities Jeff Sutton said the party is one of the larger and more popular functions that CAB puts on all year.
“We wanted our first event to be a big event,” Sutton said. “We wanted it to be something fun that students don’t necessarily experience and kind of wanted it to be that last bit of summer.”
More than 500 students participated in the festivities which included swimming, music, dancing and a wide array of food. Several other student organizations were in attendance in an effort to give students the opportunity to get involved.
“Something special we’ve done the past couple of years are different student organizations or groups on campus that we’ve talked to and set up some VIP areas,” Sutton said.
Senior Christian studies major Katelyn Killian believes that having various student organizations present has opened the door for many students who may not participate otherwise.
“I think that the designated group areas helped students become involved at Summer Fun,” Killian said. “It let students who might not come by themselves come with a group instead.”
Killian also noticed that the gathering helps international students become acquainted with college life in the United States.
“I can’t imagine how much of an adjustment international students have to go through when they come here to study at UMHB,” Killian said. “I really enjoyed putting on the event and seeing them relax and have fun. Anything we can do to make college a little more fun and exciting makes any CAB event completely worth it.”
In addition to allowing returning students to reunite after the summer, junior accounting major Seth Michaelson believes it is a great way for incoming freshmen to meet new people.
“I can say with confidence that the event was successful in bringing the new students out,” Michaelson said. “I saw many freshmen hanging out with sophomores and juniors. I even made some new friends myself, and that is what CAB is all about.”
Killian also thought Back to School Bash was a way to give incoming freshmen a much needed break following the first week of class.
“After the craziness of Welcome Week, the Back to School Bash especially gives the freshmen something to look forward to after their first few days of college classes,” Killian said.
While it is the first social gathering of the year, Michaelson hopes the students will carry that energy throughout the semester.
“I hope that the event causes the students to take charge of their own destiny, the destiny of this semester,” Michaelson said. “We as the UMHB student body set the pace for this campus. I hope that the students see that good Christian fun is awesome.”