Hello hello! Here I am once again, reporting to you with another Diva Lesson to help you through your everyday life. Sometimes, all ya need is a touch of Diva to brighten your day, and everything gets a little bit easier. So have no fear, I’m here to inform you all! This week, I’m serving some presidential realness for my post. Without further delay, here it goes! Diva Lesson #22: Inaugural Realness.
On Friday, SUNY New Paltz held a special ceremony for the inauguration of our new preisedent, Donald Christian. There was a huge walk across the campus for faculty, and then people could watch from various locations on campus while the new president of our school gave a speech, along with other people. After, there was a procession to the Student Union Building, where there was food. It was really funny to watch many of the professional staff members of the college walking across campus, some of whom were all dressed in robes and scholarly attire.
Later that weekend, on Sunday, the Residence Hall Student Association was holding their end of the year barbeque along with a carnival of sorts to also celebrate in tandem, the celebration of the inauguration. Since I was elected as the new National Communications Coordinator for next year, part of my duties are to assist at all of the events for the rest of the year to help with training. The forecast was calling for rain, but luckily the weather held up, and it was a pretty clear day for the event.
As part of my job, I had to help set up, and then work different stations. I got to work the cotton candy machine, the snow cone machine, and at the inflatable obstacle course which was called The Wild One. My favorite part was working at the cotton candy machine. Even though it got sticky, and by the end of my shift I was totally covered in fluffy blue sugar, it was so much fun to make by swirling the paper cone around inside of the device. So many people attend the program it was amazing! About 1,100 people got food, which means we had a really high number of people who attended, and that doesn’t include people who just walked through for a little bit and didn’t eat. Apparently it was the highest attended barbeque ever! It was very exciting.
After the event was over, RHSA also held a movie showing in the middle of our campus, on Parker Quad, where most of the corridor style residence halls are located on campus. We showed the movie on a giant inflatable movie screen so that a lot of people would be attracted. Again, the weather was so nice, so a bunch of people came to our showing of the final Harry Potter movie. It was wonderful to see so many people come out on a Sunday night. We also had free popcorn for people to eat, and I was one of the people working the popcorn machine during the showing of the movie. Overall, it was a wonderfully successful day.
I love being part of organizations such as RHSA, and helping to put on these large scale events for students to enjoy, because it’s so rewarding for me to be able to give back to the campus community, and promote a way for students t have fun and be engaged on campus. During the movie, a lot of students came up to me to get popcorn, and expressed their appreciation for us for putting on events such as these, which are mostly free for the students, and also telling me what a wonderful time they had earlier in the day at the barbeque. So, even though these events can sometimes be long and exhausting, I get so much pleasure out of the way that it helps other students, and provides them
with fun and different experiences on campus.
That’s it for now! It was a busy weekend, but at the same time it was a lot of fun and really rewarding. It also made me really excited to see what will be in store for me next year, when I am a full member of the RHSA Executive Board and will have to be fully in charge of events such as these. So until next time, enjoy this Diva Lesson, #22: Inaugural Realness!!