On July 15, Saint Leo welcomed incoming students and their families to the University with a campus-wide blowout. From 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., guests of all ages partied down at Saint Leo’s annual Summer Fest.
This year, to avoid the brutal Florida heat, Summer Fest consisted of several indoor activities in cooler locations around campus, such as a party at the Marion Bowman pool, kayaking in the lake, and a painting class in the fine arts building. A video game extravaganza took place in the lobby of apartment five and seemed to be the most popular activity among students, including Kira Parisi, a student and summer staff member for First Year Experience.
“All the games were so cool,” Parisi said. “They had different games and systems like Atari to some as new as the Nintendo Switch.”
All of the events culminated with one final bash in the SCC Bowl at 5 p.m. Guests could chow down on complimentary meals from several food trucks, cool down on an inflatable water slide, or try their luck at winning some nifty raffle prizes, such as tickets to the upcoming Rays vs. Yankees game, all while grooving to a live DJ.
After seeing the fun activities and friendly atmosphere the University has to offer, many incoming freshmen are looking forward to the start of their first semester. Steven Grant, who hails from Orlando, was attracted to Saint Leo’s computer science program.
“I’m really looking forward to being able to achieve as much as I can in as little time as possible,” said Grant. “I’m also eager to participate in some intramural volleyball.”
Just like those in the past, this year’s Summer Fest received a spectacular turn out. It proved to be the perfect way for students, both new and returning, to beat the summer and get back into the school spirit.