A fun way of getting perfectly integrated into the Student Housing community.
A week-long international student orientation by KU’s International Student Services (ISS) bring us all together to begin our academic career well by dispelling fears and doubts and connecting us with the right number of connections and friends, but what happens when it’s all over? Like ants scurrying from a rolling object, we’re scattered to different pockets of the KU campus, to be immersed in our own fields of study, housing colonies, student organizations, and what not. And sometimes—well, most of the time–it is ideal that we integrate well with our own housing community, just because we all need that perfect home for our college lifestyle!
Some of us enjoy having people around all the time, some prefer swinging it alone, and some are in-between – like me. But whoever you are, particularly if you plan to enter KU at the undergraduate level, the scholarship halls are a great place to stay; it is my third year, and it looks like I may never leave…like the majority of my fellow residents.
So, last year, I gave you a glimpse into what living in a schol-hall is like.
Let me now introduce you to schol-hall land’s very own edition of Olympics – The Schol-Hall Olympics (SHO) and entertain you with snapshots from the same (2014). Designed to integrate new residents into schol-hall lifestyles, it is the perfect merger between the last days of summer and the first days of move-in, Hawk Week and first days of class, all for schol-hall residents. This year, it was run by our mastermind Will Kerschen, Orientation and Recruitment Chair at the All Scholarship Hall Council, encompassing all sorts on fun events from UNO tournaments and cookie decorating competitions to watermelon eating contests, 3-on-3 basketball, ping-pong, quiz bowl, Mario Kart tournaments, and our very own version of Assassins’ Creed!
So, here are a few reasons why SHO is a well-proven strategy for orientation at KU’s lovely schol-halls:
- There’s everything for everybody. And everybody’s awkward. There’s baking and watermelon eating and Mario Kart and UNO tournaments for athletically challenged folks like me, and then there’s Ultimate Frisbee, basketball, ping-pong, etc for those who love to run and play in the sun.
- It’s a way of just bringing down those intimidation levels for new residents who are entering into an already-active community, and it gets them plugged in, helping them understand this close-knit fabric of community life at schol-hall land.
- It’s the time to cement those relationships with your Bigs and Littles, your new roomies, and your brother/sister hall and make friendships with older residents. They’ve all been through exactly what you’re going through, and they made it because of Olympics!
- It’s also that moment in your life where you discover your strengths and passions. Where you may discover that you probably don’t like dancing all that much or where you’re secretly good at shooting hoops.
GAMES with themes? Who doesn’t love them?!
Scholarship Hall Olympics are just another reason why you may consider living in a scholarship hall during your time at KU. Instant friends, fun, academic foundations—these are ideal to your college lifestyle at KU–and the SHO can guarantee a smooth transition into such, if you do decide to become a schol-haller!
Feel free to shoot me any questions by commenting, no matter how silly they are. I would love to help you out!
Melanie D’Souza is a junior from Muscat, Oman, majoring in Architecture at KU. She loves travelling, writing, sketching and cycling. She is currently the Orientation Chair at Rieger Scholarship Hall Council and a fervent schol-haller and Riegerette. She is also in the Honors Program and is a Student Ambassador for the Office of International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions.