Fall Fling gives students opportunity to unwind, relax with friends — and zombies?

KISSIMMEE — This year’s Fall Fling theme was “Carpe Diem” and seize the day students did.

The goal this year was to give students a day to relax an enjoy the company of one another.

Senior Jackson Rodeffor embraces his inner zombie to chase the underclassmen
Senior Jackson Rodeffor embraces his inner zombie to chase the underclassmen

“We wanted to make it the most exciting and memorable day for students during their time here,” said Senior class Secretary Tara Olender.

The night game this year was called Zombie Amazing Race. Non-senior students ran all across campus trying to complete their stations while dodging Zombies — the Seniors — in an ultimate freeze tag game.

Students went to bed around 2 a.m. and were able to hit snooze on their usual alarms until the campus gathered together for a fancy brunch at a biscuit bar featuring homemade gravy, Chick-fil-A nuggets, and Natalie’s juices.

Freshman Nicolette LaMaison slides in safe at first base.
Freshman Nicolette LaMaison slides in safe at first base.

Afterwards students ditched the usual formality of class and got ready for a lively Slip ‘n’ Slide Kickball competition, where the seniors and sophomores faced off against the juniors and freshmen. Although students claimed that the points didn’t matter, the juniors and freshmen seized the victory.

Those who were less inclined to running, splashing and sliding were given the option to play Paint Twister, and ended up covered in a rainbow of red, green, blue and yellow paint.

Professor Les Hardin reads some classic favorites including Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, The Cat in the Hat & excerpts from The Rhyming Bible
Professor Les Hardin reads some classic favorites including Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, The Cat in the Hat & excerpts from The Rhyming Bible

While some students cleaned up and others hit the pool, those with hammocks headed out to the Prayer Garden to hang with Professor Les Hardin as he read various children’s books with his own unique commentary.

For the next three hours, students had the option of visiting four different rooms to relax and spend time with fellow students.

In the Pinterest Room, students were able to get crafty while design their own picture frames and sitting around to color. In Tea Time with Twila, students embraced their inner Pride and Prejudice while sipping tea and snacking on delicious tiny sweets with Professor Twila Sias.

In the Coffee Room, students were able to stand around tables talking about their lives and drinking their favorite caffeine booster – coffee – while listening to live acoustic music.

Lastly, many students hit up the Game Room to enjoy some friendly competition with their favorite board game and participate in video game tournaments.

Students took a break from focusing on five page papers to focus on coloring their own masterpiece
Students took a break from focusing on five page papers to focus on coloring their own masterpiece

The day concluded with one more meal together, followed by an outdoor movie with popcorn and candy.

“The thing I loved most about Fall Fling was just having an entire day to spend time with the entire student body,” said Junior Jenna Wierda

All in all, this Fall Fling lived up to its theme and gave students a great day to have a break just to enjoy doing life with one another.

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