The Month of May
The month of May can be a bittersweet time of year for students studying at the University at Albany, or any university. May is often viewed as a great month because it means the end of academic work, the weather becomes warm and students begin to get ready for summer vacation. However, it is sometimes viewed as a sad time for students because it means final exams are approaching, which can cause major stress. Also, students begin to miss all the memories they made with their fellow friends throughout the school year. May is definitely viewed as a sad time for myself, because I will miss all of my experiences I encountered the past year.
Last year on Alumni Quad
Students on Alumni whether they are transfer, international, sophomore or upperclassmen, most of them will not be living on Alumni Quad next year. They have options to live on uptown quads, uptown apartments or off-campus apartments, and many choose these different options for next year. Also, many international students will be returning to their country to finish their college education, since they are studying abroad at the University at Albany. In order to celebrate the residents on Alumni Quad, and de-stress before final exams, the Department of Residential Life’s Spring Bash Committee spent the majority of this semester planning May Day 2014.
MAY DAY 2014
May Day occurred on May 2nd, 2014 in the courtyard of Alumni Quad. May 2nd was the date chosen because it was a Friday, and before the last week of classes. Food was catered from the dining hall services, Sodexo. Along with the food from Sodexo, there was a table serving cotton candy, and fresh popcorn.
On the field of the courtyard, there were different activities for students to participate in. Towards the right side of the courtyard there was the jousting pin, mechanical bull and bungee-cord racing. All these areas were set up inflatable, and included protective head gear so students could enjoy themselves without getting hurt.
Towards the left side of the courtyard there was a water slide, and dunk tank. The weather was in the high 50’s, and at times cloudy, which is why students at first did not want to go on the slide or dunk tank. However, as more people arrived to May Day more students began to go on the water slide, and even the dunk tank. Also, there was a net set up on the field for students to play volleyball.
The basement of Sayles Hall was transformed into a casino setting with card games, roulette and dealers at each station. There was also a photo booth so students would take pictures with each other. In front of the Sayles basement casino there was free Henna tattoo, as well as a DJ playing music.
Impact of May Day
May Day went above, and beyond as most students on Alumni spent their evening on May 2nd in the courtyard having a good time with each other. So Hyeun Cho, a Resident Assistant, and international student on Alumni Quad was happy to see everyone participating in events, as well as international students interacting with others.
“I found it great to see the international students, enjoying their time with students from the United States. May Day really brought the Alumni Quad community together,” Cho said.
Students were left with a great memory after May Day, and as this academic year ends it will be something that will help define their year spent on Alumni quad. Alumni Quad strives each day towards building a community amongst its residents, especially since it is such a diverse population.
May Day created a atmosphere of enjoyment, and brightness so students could interact with others through all these activities, without judgment of someone else. Students were able to take time away from academic work, and de-stress before finals week. It was one of the biggest programs of the year on Alumni Quad so everyone could celebrate the end of the school year, but more importantly their time on Alumni Quad.