By Brian Garvey ’20
On Tuesday, Peer Ministry held their second annual “Come and See” event. Despite having to move into Slavin to accommodate the weather, droves of students showed up to snack on pizza and wings. As the line got longer and longer, students could be seen interacting with members of Campus Ministry, Dominican Friars, and other hungry students.
Julia Crowley ‘20 said, “I really liked how even though it was inside, everyone still came out and had a great time. I got to talk to a lot of really nice people, and it was cool to see how many people made an effort to meet new people despite the weather.” Even though the pizza and wings were thoroughly demolished in 45 minutes, plenty of students were still moving around and conversing, creating a friendly and open atmosphere in the normally quiet Slavin Atrium.
While the wings and pizza were an added benefit to the party, the main purpose was to get people interested involved in “small groups” through Peer Ministry. Students who were interested in these Small Groups could sign up for meeting times manned by smiling, helpful members of Campus Ministry.
Meghan O’Connor ‘18, who has been a member of Campus Ministry since her sophomore year and was in charge of the event, wanted to make sure “Come and See” really emphasized the small groups. O’Connor said, “These Small Groups are about creating a small community within one’s class where students can meet and discuss how their faith and college life interact.” Small groups allow students to become comfortable with balancing college life and faith, as well as meet people who have similar interests.
While the weather may have postponed the dunk tank, it didn’t stop Peer Ministry from putting on a fantastic, well-attended event, and the enthusiasm it created in the attendees couldn’t be dampened by a little storm. Next up for Peer Ministry? A pancake social in the spring, which will undoubtedly be just as popular as “Come and See.”