Pumpkin Carving and Knott’s Scary Farm with VGSA

July 28, 2017

Posted: November 15, 2016, 6:30pm

One day every semester, the entire VGSA senate goes on a retreat together. When I was a senator for the Department of Biomedical Engineering last fall, we all went to Six Flags to have some fun on the coasters. Last spring, we attended the Graduate Student Government boat cruise for a night sail and some dancing. This semester, 25 of us met up for some pumpkin carving before heading to Knott’s Scary Farm for some solid frights. With most of the senators being international students, it was their first time making jack-o’-lanterns, a common sight throughout October and during Halloween in America. We had designs ranging from the classic monstrous face, to cute little bats and owls, to the Superman and Batman symbols. All of these pumpkins were used as decorations at the Viterbi Ball, which we hosted the following week.

In keeping with the Halloween theme, we went to Knott’s Berry Farm’s seasonal haunt festival. The entire 160-acre theme park transforms into a fright zone with cast members roaming around as monsters and mazes scattered throughout the rides, which are still in operation. This year, they even had a zombie shootout attraction, in which players hold laser guns and can actually shoot down live actors while running through a maze. All of us had a great time getting scared and hanging on to one another during the whole night. This semester’s senate has been incredible – I am so lucky to know all of them. If you want to meet students from other departments and work with them to plan events for your peers, definitely look into becoming a senator and part of VGSA!

Published on July 28th, 2017

Last updated on August 10th, 2017