Sitting cross legged on the floor, my eyes travel from face to face around the circle, listing off names in my head. I silently congratulate myself when I realize I actually know everyone’s name but then remember that I hardly know anything about these people. There are a lot of new members in the Campus Activities Board (CAB) that I don’t know yet, and I’m excited to meet everyone. This past weekend, 35 cabbies headed up to Camp Merrowvista in Tuftonboro, NH for our annual CAB retreat. The retreat serves as a concentrated vacation packed with brainstorming and bonding.
I have been an active member of CAB since my first semester freshmen year. The student run organization is responsible for putting on large scale, big budget, free events for the UNH community. Some of our most popular events include Third-Thursday Bingo, the Grind coffeehouse and open mic, Jukebox, Stress Relief, Casino Night, and May Day Carnival. Members of CAB are responsible for the planning, implementation, and staffing of events. Being involved in this extracurricular has given me the opportunity to gain experience in something that I am interested in and also makes me pretty competitive for the event planning positions I’m applying to for this summer.
Most importantly, though, CAB has given me a niche at UNH. If I’m not in my dorm room or in class, you can most definitely find me in the CAB office going over budgets and timelines or just chatting with friends. This group of motivated people dedicates their Saturday nights to staffing an event, spends their Friday afternoons discussing advertising to unique audiences, and will certainly be up for a few s’mores and a game of Mafia at the CAB retreat.
Passing in and out of sleep after an exhausting weekend away, my head smacks forcefully against the cold school bus window, and I raise my head just in time to see the exit sign for the University of New Hampshire. The slow curve of the exit ramp and the quiet murmur of new friends making HoCo plans wake up who is left of the sleeping cabbies. With friendships formed and logistics squared away, we’ll all meet again soon, dressed in Campus Activities Board shirts, for the event Jukebox II on Friday, February 8th from 7pm – 11pm in the MUB. See you there!
Written by Denise Barstow, UNH Class of 2015