GGC opened its doors to over 330 students and the surrounding community on Oct. 26 to celebrated its first Fall Festival.
“This year’s Fall Festival was put together to encourage student involvement. Aside from our traditional yearly trick-or-treating event, our passion was to make this year’s Fall Festival bigger and better for GGC’s students and the community,” said Josee Dolce, the administrative coordinator at Student Involvement and the Student Center.
“I was excited to see the large turnout of GGC students having fun on campus,” Dolce said.
Next year, SISC desires an even bigger and better Fall Festival and encourages students to get involved on campus, enjoy themselves and have pride in being GGC students.
“Pay attention to the campus emails. It’s GGC’s avenue and the main way to communicate with students to notify them of any upcoming events so they can get involved and enjoy campus living,” Dolce said.
Dolce added that SISC wanted to make this year all about bigger, better and scarier festivities. From a Haunted House to traditional trick-or-treating, there were plenty of activities for students to feel a part of GGC and to show their college spirit.
Gabriella Tyler, a junior majoring in cell biology, was also very enthusiastic about this year’s Fall Festival.
“I couldn’t wait to get involved,” Tyler said as she handed out candy to the excited student body.
Tyler explains that the Fall Festival was a great opportunity for students to learn about joining her organization while they handed out candy to trick-or-treat participants.
“I came to GGC without any clear direction,” Gabriella said. “When my professor asked me if I had a magic wand, what would I become? I said I’d become a doctor.”
Gabriella finally started looking towards a brighter and more productive future as she began majoring in cell biology. She is now the president of the Minority Association of Pre-medical Students. Tyler and MAPS hope that the organization can show others how to get involved and find support at GGC.
“This Fall Festival is a wonderful way to get out into the GGC community and meet students,” Gabriella said as she helped trick-or-treaters get into the holiday spirit.
Gina Amarilis, a student assistant at Get Involved and a senior business administration major, stood at the check-in table at the entrance of the Student Center and gave students their wristbands to participate in the festivities.
“Above all the festivities, music and free food, my absolute favorite thing about attending this year’s Fall Festival was that GGC students were getting involved on campus, and I really love that,” said Amarillis.
“I came out to show my school spirit and support GGC at their first annual Fall Festival,” said Caitlin Vickery, a senior psychology major, while waiting in line to receive her wristband to enter the festivities. “I wish I lived on campus, so I can get more involved in what GGC was doing in the community.”