We just had our second, and first of the semester, overnight program this week. The overnight program here at Lewis is is something great to get involved in if you are considering coming to our school. It is also a great activity to help out with if you are a student on campus because we need hosts for these prospective students to stay with. As a prospective student, you can attend as long as you have already been accepted into Lewis University. We then pair you up, preferrably with a related major, and then you can come and spend the night here with us!
Overnights arrive on a Thursday (or Tuesday in the last case) at about 5 and meet your host. Your picture is taken with your host and you are welcome to pizza that is from the Den for dinner. After dinner, the overnight and their host go to the hosts room and hang out for awhile, before the icebreakers and planned activities begin. Hosts usually answer questions about the rooming prosses, dorms, and roommates while showing them around the dorms. Later in the evening, there are fun icebreakers so that everyone gets to know everyone. Then there usually is a fun planned event to follow. A hypnotist came one overnight, and we have also had a movie night and free game time in the rec center.
The overnights are given a free ‘snack’ pass to the Den, where they can get ice cream or a smoothie. After the event is over, overnights and host are allowed to do what they please, within reason. Most overnights and hosts hang together, watch movies, play games, walk around, or stay at the Den. The idea is for the overnights to see what a typical college student does on campus. I have usually had a movie night with some of the other overnights and hosts. It really is a good way to get to know some other people even before you go to school!
In the morning, overnights are required to go to one class with the host. This gives them a chance to see what college classes are like also. Overnights get a free breakfast pass also. At around noon, a lunch is served and a few speakers came to talk and remind overnights about deadlines as far as scholarships and other additional forms go. You are also given a copy of your picture, and there is a slide show of all the fun from the night before. After lunch, overnighters are free to leave or check out the book store to get some amazing Lewis goodies!
I hope many of you decide to participate in overnights. It really is a great experience and gives you a heads up on what to expect at college. It can also make your decsion that much easier! For all students aatending Lewis already…. you should get involved too!! Even if you didn’t go on an overnight, we need hosts and what better of a way to get to know some more people, and show leadership skills. Our next overnights are February 17th and 18th and March 25th and 26th. Hope to see many of you there!!