Amid the uncertainties surrounding the start of the spring semester, the Boston University Campus Activities Council hosted a welcome event for new and returning students to ease the transition into campus life.
Frostival, which took place on January 23, was located in the George Sherman Union Metcalf Ballroom and adjoining Ziskind Salon. The event was part of the BU’s Student Activities Winter Welcome Weeks, which began on January 14 and will end on January 28. make your own soap station.
There were also two activities organized by BU’s Art Club – a DIY snow globe station and a pop-up card station.
Flora Tsui, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences and president of CAB, structured the event to help new and returning students mingle and immerse themselves in BU life and culture. .
“I understand it’s hard for everyone to come back from COVID, especially freshmen who are new to this semester,” Tsui said. “So being able to meet people and be in that environment, it simulates more of what a normal semester would be like.”
CAB is hosting a Weeks of Welcome event for the fall and spring semesters with preparations for Frostival beginning in October. The event originally included food for those attending, but the COVID-19 pandemic hampered those plans, Tsui said.
“We were going to have popcorn and cotton candy with nachos, but because of new COVID policies, we weren’t allowed to have any,” she said. “So that’s taken out of the equation as well.”
As part of the Frostival event, students received CAB-branded goody bags consisting of different face masks, hand warmers, a squishy toy, winter-style temporary tattoo, sticker Frostivall, lip balm and rainbow scratch paper.
Kevin Wu, a freshman at CAS who attended Frostival, took the opportunity to play laser tag and hang out with friends after winter break.
“I wanted to come because I wanted to reconnect with my friends,” Wu said. “I haven’t seen them in a while, so I thought it was a good time.”
Another participant, Susan Chen, a freshman in the College of General Studies, was particularly interested in the inflatable ninja warrior course.
“[Frostival] is wonderful,” Chen said. “There’s a lot to do and I like the bouncy house because you get exercise and it’s great fun with friends.”
CAB faced a number of hurdles ahead of Frostival, including managing new COVID-19 policies and coordinating with event partners, said Ruby Maute, a junior at the College of Communication and CAB’s vice president. .
“We had to be flexible in how we planned the event and what we wanted it to look like,” Maute said. “So many things can go wrong… so it’s exciting when the event finally unfolds.”
Winter Welcome Weeks will end on January 28 with BU Student Activities hosting the Winter Bash – a dance party held from 8-11 p.m. in the Metcalf Ballroom.