The fall semester at UC is in full swing! Classes began last Tuesday, but prior to that, the campus was abuzz with the Utica College Programming Board’s (also known as UCPB) annual Welcome Week. Each day, the UCPB held an event that was completely free for UC students and allowed first years and returning students alike to get out of their residence halls and get to know one another. The week kicked off on Sunday with a movie projected on a giant screen out under the stars in the residential quad. Other events included Bookstore Bingo, a Glow Paint Dance Party, and- my personal favorite- ThinkFast.
ThinkFast is a game show style event that was back this year by popular demand. Students formed small teams- some chose to play solo, while I opted for a group of six with my friends- and received pagers. Trivia questions were shown on a screen, and teams used the pagers to buzz in their answers and earn points. After many rounds of video, music, and pop culture questions, the top two teams were selected, along with two “wild card” teams, to compete in a more competitive round of trivia. The winning team received $200 cash and eternal fame and glory.
My friends and I were excited when we showed up for ThinkFast, as the promise of a $200 cash prize is enough to make any college student drool. The excitement turned into sweaty palms and nervous jitters as we began to increase our scores throughout the trivia rounds; the pressure was on, and we had the eye of the tiger. At the last minute, we scored high enough to be in the competitive final round, so among our celebrations, we quickly elected our brilliant and very cultured friend Laura to be our representative. Laura rose to the occasion, and baffled everyone with her vast array of knowledge on everything from the first animal to be in space (a dog) to the real name of Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean). Meanwhile, our group cheered Laura on with more enthusiasm than the pageant moms on Toddlers and Tiaras. By the end of a very intense game, Laura won our team the honor of first place and the $200 cash prize (which, divided among six girls, adds up to $33.33 each). The crowd went wild, and it was clear to everyone exactly how Laura earned her 4.0 last semester. ThinkFast was a celebration of all Utica College has to offer: camaraderie, scholastic wordplay, friendly competition, and lots of laughter.
Though Welcome Week is now over, I am certain that everyone will forever remember our wise and fearless leader, Laura, and her group of extremely loud and perhaps overly enthusiastic teammates. Welcome Week always gets students excited to start out the semester, and this year was no different. After ThinkFast, the Strebel Student Center was buzzing with laughter and conversation among newfound friends. As a senior this year, the end of Welcome Week was a little bittersweet, but seeing all of the underclassmen making friends and having fun made the whole experience better. And besides, there is no other way I would rather have ended it than with a butt-kicking win at ThinkFast with my friends, and $33.33 in my pocket.