SSS Joins the Blogging World!

Hello SSS at UAF,

For our very first post on the SSS blog, I (this is Sarah, by the way) would like to tell you about some of the activities that have happened so far this summer and what you have to look forward to in the remaining half of summer.

The most recent event that I am excited to report on is our participation in the Midnight Sun Run. We met a week or so before the race and chatted about different costume ideas for the run. For those of you who don’t know, the Midnight Sun Run is known for its goofy costumes and all around silliness. Unique to our abundance of sunlight here in Fairbanks, this run occurs at 10pm and is in celebration of the summer solstice. This year was the 30th anniversary of the race, but for most of the SSS participants, it was our first experience with this run. Click here to learn more about the history of the race. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but for me, it turned out to be a fun Fairbanks experience. It began with some Jazzercise and a costume contest. Click here to see one of my favorite costumes!  Although we did not dress up in over the top creative costumes, we did make matching t-shirts. I was able to gather almost all the SSS students who participated for a picture.

The t-shirts that we made together for the Midnight Sun Run

Midnight Sun Run

This is a picture of the back of our creative t-shirts. Mine includes the I heart TRiO! 🙂

Once the race started, we were caught up in the mass chaos. The Midnight Sun Run usually has around 3500 participants! Along the way, we had many supporters cheering us along. This support included some younger folks using hoses, squirt guns, and other devices to keep us cool along the way. The weather had been stormy, but cleared just in time to have sunshine for the run/walk. This was a great adventure that I hope we will be able to participate again next year.

The beginning of the race heading toward the round-about from the Patty Center.

We have other fun activities coming up this summer. Next on our agenda is the SSS BBQ and games on Friday, July 13 from 2-5 pm. Also, we will be hiking Angel Rocks on Friday, August 24 from 10-5. If you would like to participate in either of these activities or have questions, please contact Jessica or Megan @ 474-6844.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading about our summer activities. Please stop by and see us. We are here from 8-5 Monday-Friday. Paul is tutoring Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and would be happy to help you with any questions or struggles you are having in your classes.

Finally, my hope is to not be the only contributor to our blog, so if you have something that you would like to share with our TRiO/SSS community, please let me know! Some ideas may include: how SSS has helped you in your college career, summer internship adventures, tips for new SSS participants, or any other idea that you think would be interesting and appropriate for SSS participants and others who are interested in our program.

Happy Summer!

Sarah Smith

Sarah.S@alaska.edu

 

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