It was elbow room only at the Brainiac Carnival as Humber students mixed fun with a good cause on October 13 at North campus.
Students were offered popcorn, cupcakes, and cotton candy as they learned about Brain Tumour Awareness month.
The Brainiac Carnival was a free event held in B106 by Humber’s First Year Experience Program (FYE), which support new students.
The event included games that tied into Brain Tumour Awareness Month such as “match patch,” a game fit for using your memory.
Jennifer Palser, a first year Humber student, attended the event with some of her classmates.
“I was really interested in this because I wanted the full ‘Humber experience,’” Palser said.
She said it’s important to socialize and make friends during the first year of post-secondary school.
“Events like this definitely help you survive here,” Palser said, “FYE gives you good tips on everything.”
Nivedita Lane, the coordinator of FYE, was instrumental in setting up the Brainiac Carnival.
“This is our first Brainiac Carnival, but our third big event for FYE,” Lane explains. “We’ve also hosted the Candy Land Mix, and Arboretum Adventure – which included hiking and building beaver dams.”
The Brainiac Carnival was put together by volunteer students. Events like this target first year students to help them transition into college smoothly.
First year students are also given peer mentors. These mentors are usually students that are in second or third year, within the same program as the first year student.
“Having a peer mentor helps the kids because we find it’s easier to go to someone your age rather than a prof or a parent about advice,” Lane said. “They can relate to each other better”.
Students are encouraged to attend events such as the Brainiac Carnival with their peer mentors.
“It is empowering. It builds a sense of community for not only those who live on campus, but also for students who commute here. They meet kids just like them,” Lane said.
First year Humber student, Nina Cabrera, agrees.
“Being here makes people feel more comfortable in the Humber community,” Cabrera said.
“It offers (first-year students) a safe place to meet other students,” said Mobeen Sheihk, a volunteer for FYE.
“It ‘s also good to get everyone aware of the real reason this event is happening – Brain Tumour Awareness Month.”