Thursday night was the Marketing Society's first social event of the year - the Haagen Dazs Mentor Mingle. With "Haagen Dazs" in the name, the question becomes, who wouldn't show up? Indeed, we had over 100 RSVPs for the event and had to divide the attendees into two time slots!
As 6:30 rolled around, the first wave of freshmen, sophomores, and juniors showed up, hungry for some free ice cream and conversation with potential mentors. All the mentor/mentee pairs immediately began chatting amongst themselves. The chemistry was great - so much that they scarcely heard me as I tried to get everyone's attention to officially start the "speed-dating" rounds.
Beginning with "What did you do over the summer?" I guided the pairs through each 3-minute round with questions that ranged from "How did you pick your major?" to "What is the worst pick-up line you've ever heard?" The biggest complaint I heard? Not enough time to talk to each partner! But the show must move on, and when the ice cream arrived, things really got moving.
Soon everyone was happily digging into their adorable Haagen Dazs single serves (dulce de leche, anyone?) and some mentees even elected to stay into the second session so that they could speak with more mentors. I myself was able to briefly chat with a few attendees, from freshmen to juniors, all awesome people and eager to talk.
More than enticing combination of free Haagen Dazs and the opportunity to network with upperclassmen, I think the event was a success because of the genuine camaraderie that developed quickly amongst people who, for the most part, had just met each other. So to all the mentors, mentees, and eboard who came out - thank you for making this night into something memorable and enjoyable!
Director of Social Events