On Thursday, September 8, just two days after the start of fall classes, Rowan After Hours (RAH) hosted an Ice Cream Social for students.
Signs around campus directed students to the Chamberlain Student Center for a free treat to kick off the fall semester. There were many flavors of ice cream including chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. Not only was there ice cream for the students, but there was also fun and games.
The majority of Rowan’s students at the party were freshmen who came to the event to meet new friends, and there were also many different flavors of ice cream including; chocolate, strawberry and vanilla.
“Well, I think it’s the best time to meet new people and I think with Ice Cream Social, who doesn’t love ice cream?” Freshman Alex Moamed said. “I saw the event on Rowan’s website during their hospitality week that from 9pm to 1am they had an Ice Cream Social so I said, why not? It’s a great way to meet new people and I came here tonight.
There were many other students from the class of 2026 at the Ice Cream Social trying to meet other people and have a good time, just like Moamed. Some students came to the event alone to make friends, an uplifting sight after a tough few years for high school students amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I came to this event because there was free ice cream,” said rookie Miasia Harper. “While I was here, I was able to meet new people that I would not have been able to meet before.”
Students had the chance to meet other peers from diverse backgrounds and other disciplines. RAH is constantly creating opportunities for students to meet new people who otherwise wouldn’t have crossed paths, and the Ice Cream Social was just the start of a semester filled with exciting events.
Many students who came individually left the event perhaps with old friends, but at a minimum new connections. Meanwhile, other participants have arrived with groups of friends, providing more opportunities for freshmen and transferees to meet new people.
“I’m a very social person because I’m a music student, so I believe communication is key. So, I came here with my friends,” Aaliyah Jenkins said.
It didn’t matter whether the students came with established groups of friends or on their own. Everyone had the same intentions; to meet new people, have fun and eat delicious ice cream.
Through the power of love for ice cream, Rowan After Hours brought students together around their common interests. Next weekend, Rowan After Hours and Student University Programmers will host another event, Game Over Hunger Weekend: Gamefest, taking place September 16 at 9 p.m.
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