Southeast Missouri State University student publication

Winterfest kicks off the Holiday Season at SEMO

Sunday, December 3, 2023
A SEMO student uses a VR headset to participate in a virtual reality snowball fight at Winterfest.
Photo by Lily Niebrugge

Tis the season! Winterfest on Parker Field brought dozens of students together to celebrate the holidays and distract from the stress of the end of the semester on Dec. 1.

Winterfest, sponsored by the Student Activities Council (SAC), was created with the intent of allowing students to relax before finals.

Junior communications disorder major and leader of the Indoor On-Campus Activities Committee for SAC, Makenna Woods, said it is really important to allow students to destress before finals week.

“Right now, we have finals coming up two weeks from now,” Woods said, “But I think having it at the beginning of December, and in a place where it's pretty nice, is important to get students involved and to allow students to have fun before the stress of finals hits us.”

At Winterfest, attendees were able to play easy and fun games to win prizes.

Freshmen general studies major Brendan Both claimed the games were his favorite part of Winterfest.

“They're amazing, and I'm pretty good at them,” Both said.

One of the most unique features of Winterfest was the virtual reality snowball fight students could participate in.

First-year graduate student Emma Newell really enjoyed the opportunity to use a virtual reality headset.

Newell described the experience as really fun. She said that while in the virtual reality, she made snowballs and threw them at a snowman.

Two students man the festive prize table at Winterfest.
Photo by Lily Niebrugge

Junior historic preservation major Mercy Woodman thought the event was a great opportunity to bond with old friends and make new ones.

“I think that's a great way for us to come together and celebrate the season and also get to spend time with people and meet new friends,” Woodman said.