By Cynthia M. Gonzalez Aurora, Ill.- The transition to college is hard for first year students, but it’s harder when parents don’t understand what college life is all about. This past Saturday the Latin American Student Organization, also known as LASO, held its 8th annual Family Fest in UBH at Aurora University.
Family Fest welcomes all LASO family members to AU in order for parents to better understand college life and visit the AU campus. Many of the students are first generation college students. Having their families come allow them to meet other students and their families and hear about different college experiences.
The event began with all LASO members stating their name, year in school, major and what they like about AU. Many of them said they like that AU is a small, friendly community and they are able to meet people and make relationships that will last a life time. A dinner followed and a panel of current students, alumni and parents spoke.
The panel was asked questions about their college experiences and advice they would give to current students. Parents believed the panel was helpful and they were able to realize the importance of college. During the panel they also had a kid’s corner, where younger siblings were able to color and do arts and crafts during the event.
After dinner and panel discussion, families were welcomed to go to Crimi Auditorium to see the Arts and Ideas event Aztec Stories. It was led by Michael Heralda who tells narratives and uses handmade musical instruments to help accompany the performance.
What is great about this presentation is that students are also able to participate by playing the instruments and be part of the narrative. Families enjoyed learning about the culture as well as listening to the pleasurable sounds. Ignacio Cervantes, this year’s LASO president, stated, “Family Fest has been an event held to bring Latino families together to get to know their child’s university and other parents. This year’s Family Fest was no exception- it was an experience everyone will remember”.
Overall Family Fest was a success and many families left with a better understanding of college life and are already looking forward to next year’s event.