Since Halloween is less than a week away, a lot of the clubs and counsels I am involved in have been helping with different Halloween events on campus! Three in particular that I worked on this weekend, were the Hocus Pocus Halloween event for the mentor program in my living-learning community, Haunted Hafey, and Safe Trick-Or-Treat that the Center for Service and Social Justice runs!
As I have mentioned in previous posts, I live in a living-learning community entitled Cura Personalis – which means “care for the whole person.” We have three main pillars: faith, service, and justice. Additionally, we have another “pillar” of sorts, entitled the Mentor-Mentee Program. I am one of three Co-Leaders for the Mentor program. The way this works, is that each sophomore Cura Personalis resident gets paired up with a Freshman Cura Personalis resident and mentors them for the year, to help the freshman adjust to life at college. From there, the mentors and mentees meet and have “one-on-ones” at least three times per semester (but most meet many more times than this!). As a Co-Leader for this pillar, we create fun events for the mentors and mentees to attend. On this past Thursday, exactly a week before Halloween, we decided to host a Halloween program!! We baked Halloween cookies, drank apple cider, hung out, and watched Hocus Pocus! The event was a BIG hit, and almost every mentor and mentee came! Doing this was a fun way to relax, take a break from studying, and get psyched for Halloween!
On Friday, I went home with two of my friends and my boyfriend to watch my brother’s high school senior-night football game (SO much fun!), but upon arriving back at campus on Saturday night around 10pm, I jumped right back into Scranton’s Halloween festivities!!! Residence Life turned Hafey Hall, one of the freshman residence halls into a haunted house – naming it “Haunted Hafey!” Entrance into the haunted house was $3, and all proceeds went to support students serving on ISP – the International Service Program. One of my friends was managing a room in “Haunted Hafey,” and asked my roommate and I to help as actors in her room! A lot of people came, and it was a blast!!
Last but not least, today, Sunday, the Center for Service and Social Justice put on Safe Trick-or-Treat! Little kids from all over the city of Scranton flooded campus, excited and bursting with energy, to trick-or-treat through the residence halls! For the first half of Safe Trick-or-Treat, I worked at an activities table for the Middle and Secondary Level Education Club (I am a Secondary Education & English double-major, and I am the secretary for the club). At the table, I painted children’s faces and handed out candy! Then, for the second half of Safe Trick-or-Treat, I headed back to my residence hall to help my floor-mates hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters! While I was helping with that, I saw a girl trick-or-treating who I used to mentor/tutor through an AWESOME program called Big Friends Little Friends (BFLF). BFLF is an outreach program for the children in a nearby government housing development, that the University of Scranton volunteers for in conjunction with Marywood University. I LOVED volunteering at BFLF last year, but unfortunately, because of my busy schedule this year, was unable to return to the program. Nonetheless, my heart overflowed with joy to see the fourth-grade girl I tutored last year. She ran up to me when she entered my residence hall and gave me a hug, telling me how much she had missed me. We chatted for a few minutes about how BFLF was going this year, to which she exclaimed that she loved it! All in all, seeing her was the highlight of working Safe Trick-or-Treat for me!!!
As you can see – the University of Scranton goes above and beyond to make Halloween fun and exciting for its students! One of the many things I LOVE about Scranton are that there are always so many fun things to get involved in!!! Whether it is planning and working an event for a program or club you help lead, volunteering to help raise money for a campus cause like ISP, or volunteering to help provide children from Scranton with a safe place to trick-or-treat – or even tutoring them through a program such as BFLF, the UofS will give you endless opportunities to do so! This is why one of the most prominent Ignation values that UofS students live by, is being “men and women for and with others.” Scranton students serve. It is what we do, and it is what we thrive on.
Until next week!