On Thursday, Feb. 18, the Loras College “Speed Friending” session took place in the Alumni Campus Center ballrooms. Initiated for the first time this year, the event is meant to bring fellow students closer together through a series of fun activities.
Designed by the Loras Counseling Center and Residence Life staff members, “Speed Friending: Building Healthy Relationships” is a program that is intended to allow more people at Loras to meet other students and teach them how to create and keep healthy relationships with friends.
Roughly 30 students attended. At the onset, those present got into groups at different tables. Several ice-breaker activities commenced, mostly involving fun and inventive questions geared towards sparking team thinking and a sense of camaraderie. Students periodically shifted to spots at different tables, allowing for a wider range of interaction. This served to promote friendly discussion and cooperation amongst the attendees, giving them a chance to mingle and get to know one another in a cordial atmosphere.
The event only lasted for an hour and a half, but it appeared to be well-received by those who participated.
For a new program, it would seem that “Speed Friending” accomplished what it was designed to do. It is hoped that it will magnify the scope of students’ familiarity with one another, encourage a greater outreach in the area of friendship, and ultimately create a more comfortable and harmonious campus living environment.