On Friday, Feb.1, Arts and Cultural Events (ACE) and Academic Advising co-hosted an event to help first time and incoming students of Salt Lake Community College.
The multi-culturally themed event offered information about financial aid, scholarships, finding resources, making connections, meeting advisors and learning how to be a successful college student. There was also a dance afterwards for students to socialize.
“This activity gives the opportunity for students to get help, engage and make friendships,” said Academic Advising director Sonia Parker.
Several individual cultural activities have been held in past semesters, but this is the first time that so many cultural groups have been brought together to get the help students need, and learn about the opportunities they have here on campus.
“Everybody can come, invite friends and get more information about scholarships, applying for school and financial aid” said first year student Carlos Pasos.
Events like these serve as a refreshers for information that is also covered at student orientation, but they also offer a chance to connect with other students and the opportunity to better connect with student advisors.
According to Parker, this event also addressed cultural issues, created cultural awareness, strengthened leadership opportunities, built critical thinking and gave students the opportunity to relax and have fun.
“I think that it is great to learn about other cultures and be in a judgment free comfortable place,” said student Glory Stanton.