Every year, Stags get the chance to show their siblings a taste of what life is like at their home away from home here at Stag Country through fun events, games and other entertaining bonding activities.
Siblings weekend will be happening from Feb. 9 to 11, and will feature several activities to give siblings a chance to hang out with their Fairfield friends and family while, of course, having plenty of fun.
One student who plans to invite her sibling, Rachel Belmonte ‘20, said, “I want my sister to come to Siblings Weekend so that she can experience Fairfield with me and see what Fairfield offers their students through fun activities and events.”
One activity that is returning from last year’s weekend is the trip to Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park, in Trumbull, Conn. However, many new activities are being added for this year.
In addition to last year’s festivities, according to Assistant Director of Student Engagement Colleen Wilson ‘11, “This year we are introducing BINGO as well as ‘Make Your Own Pizza’ in the Tully Dining Commons. Siblings will have access to pizza dough and all the toppings and then have the unique opportunity to watch it cook in the brick oven.”
Wilson noted that another new event being introduced is the “Inflatable Frenzy,” which will take place in the Leslie C. Quick, Jr. Recreation Complex Fieldhouse and “will feature four different inflatables, an appearance from Lucas and free smoothies from the RecPlex Juice bar.”
These four inflatables will feature a moon bounce with a slide, a bungee challenge which will enable two people to compete with one another at a time, a “real life” hungry hippos game and an obstacle course.
In addition to the events during the day, both Friday and Saturday night will be concluded with 8 p.m. movie showings of Lego Ninjago and the Justice League.
In terms of the expected turnout for the weekend this year, Wilson expressed that, “We hope to have a large number of siblings on campus this year.” The number of siblings that have attended the festivities has steadily increased each year, from 34 in 2012 all the way up to 109 registered siblings in 2017, according to online registration data provided by Wilson.
In terms of how the events and activities are being structured to appeal to all age groups of siblings, Wilson went on to say that she and the Fairfield University Student Association work really hard to ensure that these events appeal and are applicable to siblings of all ages.
Sophomore Clare French felt as though, “Siblings Weekend is a really great opportunity for people to give their brothers and sisters a sense of what college life is like and especially how fun it can be.”
As for how these festivities will benefit the University community, Wilson highlighted that, “It is a great weekend for current Fairfield students to introduce their ‘home away from home’ to their younger siblings and allow them to get a glimpse into their life.”
She further added that in terms of feedback FUSA receives for the weekend, it is generally positive in the respective opinions of parents, guardians and siblings alike.