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RHA hosts Freshman Fiesta

November 14, 2016

Morgan Bernard

Staff Reporter | mrb056@latech.edu

Aasiyah Williams, a freshman marketing major (left); Marissa Roberston, a freshman indeterdisciplinary studies major (middle); and Raven Harlen, a freshman biology major (right) sing karaoke at the Residence Hall Association’s Freshman Fiesta. Photo by Brian Blakely

Aasiyah Williams, a freshman marketing major (left); Marissa Roberston, a freshman indeterdisciplinary studies major (middle); and Raven Harlen, a freshman biology major (right) sing karaoke at the Residence Hall Association’s Freshman Fiesta. Photo by Brian Blakely

 

Freshmen met in the quad Nov. 3 to hang out with their friends, sing karaoke and eat free tacos. The Freshman Fiesta, hosted by the Residence Hall Association, was a freshmen-exclusive celebration for the end of fall quarter. Free tacos and karaoke were available for students who attended.

 

Stephanie Clingenpeel, a junior forestry major with a concentration in wildlife, served tacos at the fiesta. She said the resident advisers like herself wanted to give freshmen more opportunities to be involved on campus and enjoy their time here at Tech.

 

“We have started planning a lot of events for the freshman class,” Clingenpeel said. “We are trying to get them more interested in coming out to things like this.”

 

She said this was the first freshman event held by the RAs for their residents and they plan to do more throughout the year.

 

“The plan is to have at least one freshmen-only event every quarter,” Clingenpeel said. “But we will also have events for everyone to attend, like our Christmas potluck in winter quarter.”

 

Clingenpeel said she thought students enjoyed themselves at the fiesta and especially liked the free tacos.

 

“When you advertise free food, there is always a pretty good number of people that show up,” she said. “Then once they’re here and start having fun, they tell friends and even more people show up. I think it’s great because the more people that come, the more fun everyone gets to have.”

 

Clingenpeel said she wished she would have had more opportunities like the fiesta provided for her during her freshman year.

 

“I feel like when I was a freshman I had more free time than I do now,” she said. “So if there would have been events like this going on, I definitely would have enjoyed going and meeting new people.”

 

Noel Lee, a freshman civil engineering major, said she enjoyed the event and loved hanging out with her fellow freshmen.

 

“I like that they wanted to give us a chance to celebrate our first quarter,” Lee said. “Your first quarter or semester at college is a big deal, so it feels good to celebrate it with people in the same situation as you.”

 

Kennedy Conlee, a freshman mechanical engineering major, said she loved the fiesta and had fun singing karaoke with her friends.

 

“I had a great time with my friends and even met some new people here,” Conlee said. “It’s cool because I may have never met some of these people in other majors, so I would have missed out on knowing some great people.”

 

Conlee said she loved her first quarter at Tech and she is excited for quarters in the future.

 

“It was a little crazy at first, but I think we’re all learning what college is like now,” she said. “I’ve gotten to know some amazing friends here at Tech. I love it here, and I definitely look forward to the rest of my time here.”

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