Sunday Spent Outdoors at SMC
Greetings from SMC! We have officially been on campus for 2 weeks, and are halfway through the program. Time flies, and students are most definitely making the most of their time here.
Today, we were lucky to have a very sunny Sunday! The beautiful weather provided the perfect backdrop for our two academies to hold afternoon events outside. The Arabic Academy hosted their own Barbeque, complete with two grills and a full spread of delicious food. The students and staff set up shop on the green next to Lyons Hall and grilled chicken, hamburgers, and veggie burgers. (Special shoutout to the Arabic RAs and staff who served as grillmasters!) Students also snacked on cucumber salad, hummus, and pita bread. The students were able to spend a couple of hours eating, playing lawn games, and enjoying each others company. It was a great chance to relax and spend time with friends. The BBQ had a very lively atmosphere, and it seems like the students have good energy and enthusiasm to take on the week ahead.
To end their Sunday night, Arabic students were challenged to a game of translation karaoke! Students were given a pop song from the US and to translate to Arabic. Students then performed their songs for the group. Check out a video of some of those performances, here.
On the other side of Lyons, the Spanish Academy set up their afternoon activity in the Quad. Spanish chose to celebrate “Dia De Los Muertos” a few months early. Assistant LD Nicole Penchansky notes that they wanted to celebrate a major holiday of our neighboring Spanish-speaking country, Mexico. They also hoped to teach the students the true significance and meaning of Dia de Los Muertos. So, different stations were placed around the Quad for students to participate in. There were students face painting, guacamole making, tombstone painting, flower-crafting, chalk drawing, and even choreographing a dance. After about an hour of creating, the entire Academy assembled together to have their grand “celebration”. A group of students performed their choreographed dance, the tombstones were put on display, and freshly-made guacamole and pico de gallo was served. You can check out photos from the celebration above and on Facebook.
That’s all from SMC. See you tomorrow!
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