It all started the first week of my freshman year. There were all kinds of Comedy Shows, Pinterest Parties and not to mention the Paint U Dance! All these great events, but who produced them? Was it SGA? No. What about Student Activities? Possibly? It was MAP! MAP was only one of the clubs I joined when I first came to Stevenson, but it is definitely my favorite. I joined MAP and instantly wanted to get involved with volunteering for the events. When I first got onto the executive board I wanted to plan MAP’s bigger events, and when we left for summer break all I could think about was event planning as soon as I got back. On the first day back I was told I got to plan Wet N Wild field day. I was elated, because Wet N Wild was one of my favorite events during my freshman year. Weeks of preparation with the E-board had equipped me to manage one of the biggest events of the semester. I knew that I had to begin planning what supplies were needed for the event besides all the preordered inflatables. After sorting through all the games and activities chosen by the MAP E-board, I gathered any extra supplies, and emailed everyone, especially the Mappies, the date and times of the event. After weeks of planning, the time had finally come. The doors opened and everyone flooded in to see the attraction. Wet N Wild was definitely a hit and after the event was over and everything was packed up and put away, I knew it was a success. I couldn’t have done it without the E-board members and MAP volunteers’ help!
Well let’s start at the very beginning.
My roommate, Sarah, and I had attended all the MAP events during freshmen week but it was not until Wet and Wild Field Day when we had both decided that MAP could be really fun and interesting to join. As a Business Communication major, I thought that learning how to run events could be very beneficial and help expand my knowledge. So we made our way to a meeting that Friday, which began with an energizer where the floor is lava. Just looking around the room and seeing how the whole room seemed like one huge family and how everyone was laughing with one another made a huge impression on me; I had finally found my niche at Stevenson. The first event I had volunteered for was Kris’s Pinterest Party, paint your own mug. It was so much work covering all the tables with plastic and setting up the paint and water, but once people started coming it was so rewarding. I participated in MAP for the rest of the year, trying to volunteer for as many events that could fit in my schedule. The more events that I had volunteered for or attended the closer I got to both the Executive Board and other Mappies. They really did feel like a family, and I felt like I had my own support system. Friday meetings had become my time to relax and act like a kid again.
Before I had noticed the end of the year was coming up and it was time to apply for an E-board position. I was super nervous and thought I had no chance of getting an E-board position. Kris and Taylor (who became my Mappie parents) convinced me to apply to be a Program Director. A few weeks later and I received an email from Hope that I had earned the position! To make everything better, I had also been awarded Mappie of the Year. I am so grateful for attending Wet and Wild Field day and making the decision to go to that MAP meeting. I am now part of the biggest, most inclusive and fun family there is on campus and I could not be any happier with my decision!
This blog is authored by many, including MAP officers, programmers, and advisors!