Studies and no play make Jack a dull boy. We know how hard life can be, especially when you’re trying to balance your responsibilities there with classes, other organizations, and a social life.
One of the biggest complaints we hear from students is surprisingly obvious: they’re overloaded with school as it is, and they don’t know where to turn for new college entertainment ideas. They feel like they’ve pretty much exhausted every available option, and they’re drawing a blank when it comes to organizing new events for the following semester. They don’t want to just repeat activities from the year before, and they feel like they’re stuck in a bit of a rut. What they need are some fresh ideas when it comes to college entertainment.
You may find yourself wanting to host the same kinds of activities over and over, and planning a huge number of fun, new, exciting events throughout the year is tough. That’s why we here at Peachy Essay have put together this list of our top eight entertainment events for students.
1.Host a TEDx talk
TED talks are all fun, informative, and always packed with surprises. The first TEDx talk was hosted at the University of Southern California in 2009. Ever since, the idea has spread worldwide. As a result, TED now frankly encourages colleges to host their own TEDx events. Consider reaching out to college speakers ahead of time — and don’t forget about the highly qualified and knowledgeable professors already available on campus!
2.Come up with a fall festival
To students, fall is the best season of the year. Good weather, changing leaves, a break in the middle of the semester, the promise of the holidays and an even longer break from class environs. You can’t beat fall, right? So, why not celebrate the changing of the seasons with a fall festival? Think about the live music bands, hot chocolate, and everything pumpkin spice. It doesn’t have to be a complex one, and outdoor festivals in the fall are usually a turn on to students.
3.Hold a “Meet the Graduates” session
As an undergraduate student, one question tends to crop up over and over: what are things going to be like after college? You’re likely wondering where you’ll work, what your job will be like, and how you’ll navigate the post-college world. These concerns are incredibly common amongst college students. With this in mind, consider hosting a “meet the graduates” session on campus. Reach out to some of the most interesting graduates who have come out of your university over the past five or so years, and invite them back to campus for a question and answer event with current students. Don’t just limit yourself to the obvious choices, such as biology students who have finished medicine school or pre-law students who just passed the bar exam. Graduates who have launched startups, lived abroad, or gotten a job at a nonprofit can provide valuable insight and an interesting perspective for undergraduates.
4.College short film festival
Currently, most students, if not all, own smartphones and can shoot fairly excellent videos with good quality unlike in the past. Invite students to come up with short films and organize a student short film festival. Bring everyone together on the quad with a big projector or screen and make it an all-night event.
Got many student groups with niche interests? Invite two or more to create mash-up University club events to introduce their passions to each other and host fun hybrid events. Remember, seating arrangements need to comply with specific requirements for COVID-19 safe events which are subject to change to reflect current state-by-state circumstances. For the latest COVID-19 updates and advice, check the restrictions and regulations that apply in your state or territory.
6. Coffee bar
This is a low-key version of the dinner mixer, aimed at students who become partial to barista-made coffee to fuel their studies. Look at engaging some local coffee roasters to set up a brew bar with espresso alternatives like filter and cold brew and milk alternatives like soy and oat. This isn’t just about free coffee, though – it’s also an opportunity for students to get together and discuss ideas or tell stories, European-salon style.
7. Local city tours
With social distancing restrictions from COVID-19 easing, new international students and locals moving away from their hometown to attend university will need to get acquainted with their new surroundings. Running city tours for attractions and venues close to campus or creating a virtual tour will help students get to know their new home and meet others who are keen to explore. For instance, in the United States of America, you can show students the surrounding states and the activities that take place their e.g. bike riding, skating, and hiking.
To ensure anyone can attend regardless of location and to record the event for replay later, you can also live stream your student event online and use aps like zoom to save the videos for later use.
8.Fancy dinner mixer
Dinner mixers allow for more conversation than conventional student parties. You could even get fancy with a theme like “bubbles and bow ties”, giving students an excuse to dress up and dine on something a bit fancier than the usual. Remember, normal is boring. There could be take-home recipe cards for easy lunch ideas for university students to keep the inspiration going post-mixer. Those who fancy cooking are also able to get recipes of the different meals.
There’s no doubt about it! Quality college entertainment is among the students’ best options when it comes to having fun, memorable, and engaging college events. Initially, booking college entertainment was a difficult and expensive process. Relieving students from the ‘at times boring studies’ is necessary for them to offload their ‘baggage.’ Let students enjoy their entertainment time, away from classes, classwork, and assignments. This will also help them realize their talents.