FYC turns freshmen into leaders on and off campus

First Year Council is an organization exclusively for freshmen leaders. In FYC, students develop leadership skills, help other organizations on campus, and plan two major campus events.
“FYC gives first year students on campus the opportunity to develop Christian leadership skills with a bunch of Christian backgrounds and Christian ethics behind it,” junior cell biology major, and FYC leader Thomas Middleton, said. “FYC has been one of the greatest experiences I’ve had.
Being in it as a freshman as a member, and now being the head leader, I’ve gotten to see both sides of it. It’s opened up my eyes as to what it means to be a leader.”
FYC meets every Monday at 9 p.m. to play games, discuss techniques to become better leaders, have devotional time, and build relationships.
There are 45 total members in FYC.
Every year the organization holds two main events: Date Auction and Spring Formal.
These events take many hours to plan and execute, and helps these students put their leadership skills to the test.
Date auction is held in the fall semester to raise money for the Spring Formal.
Last semester, FYC raised $1500 to go towards formal.
Date auction is an annual tradition that allows female students to bid on dates that male students have created.
The highest bidder wins the date.
This year’s auction included a day hammocking in the quad, dinner at The Gin, a trip to SpareTime, and various others.
“[Date Auction] was a really fun experience for all of us.
It was our first big event to work together on, and it was crazy to see the whole event come together,” freshman communication public relations major, Jenna Forrester said.
While Date Auction is a fun event to plan, the Spring formal is the big event students look forward to all year.
This year’s Spring Formal was held at Tenroc Ranch in Salado on Saturday, April 9.
“[Spring Formal] is a time to come together, dance, have fun, eat a little food, and just be silly with our friends,” Middleton said.
The theme was “Fly Me to the Moon,” and students had the option to pose with a moon at a photo booth.
FYC hired DJ Jeremy for the entertainment, and students munched on sliders, pizza slices, and other various food items.
If students didn’t want to dance, they could join in on a spirited game of giant Jenga or walk along the trails by the facility.
FYC is devoted to serving the university and community in any way they can.
Along with planning some of the university’s biggest events, FYC has also helped with football games and Reaching Out.
“We basically do anything we can to support the university,” Forrester said, “If there are opportunities to help, we jump on them.”
She also believes that FYC has helped shape her first year at UMHB, and she encourages all incoming freshmen to apply next semester.
“Why should someone not apply for FYC? There really isn’t an answer to that.
There’s no risk. The worst thing that’s going to happen is you don’t make it in, and there’s other ways to serve on campus,” she said.
“[FYC] has affected my life. I’m just surrounded by a great group of people who encourage me to grow in my relationship with Christ and serve others. I have people that I can have communion with and can be real with, and they’re all the same way. We’re a family.”

Author: Lauren Lum

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