In November, I went to NACA, a conference for college students to find activities and performers to bring back to campus. It was great getting to know Mappies who I didn’t know well before, and learning more about them. Having influence over which companies, singers, and comedians MAP would bring to Stevenson was fun, too. I think my favorite part was the showcases, where the performers would have ten minutes each to show their talents.
The biggest event I planned for the fall semester was Frost Fest. I had a blast choosing which crafts to include, decorating upstairs Rockland, and advertising in creative ways. I also designed the poster, t-shirts, and cookie jar recipe cards. It was amazing getting to see everything come to life on the day of. All of the volunteers did a great job setting up and working during the event, and were instrumental in bringing it all together. Although there were stressful moments, planning and executing Frost Fest was a fulfilling experience that I'll remember for a long time.
In January, the MAP E-board welcomed some new programmers, who I got to know better during our training. My favorite memory from that weekend is playing the ERS card game with some of the E-board members. It was a very heated and intense game, paired with plenty of laughter. It sticks out in my mind because of the strong sense of community I felt during those moments.
Thank you to everyone who made my year as a Program Director so special. I truly grew as a leader, learning what I’m capable of, but also developed new friendships and strengthened existing ones. I can’t wait to enjoy the rest of MAP’s events in Fall 2020!