This year’s kick-off event was largest attended ever hosted by Presby Hall and McKinley. Staff members and volunteers served 240 hamburgers and 180 hotdogs to more than 225 students!!! The Welcome Cookout and Carnival gives residents the opportunity to get to know one another and their RA staff while enjoying delicious food provided by McKinley.
Carnival games were played with the hope of winning tickets that were used to enter a raffle for various Illini prizes. Many residents used all of their tickets to increase their chances of winning the more sought-after prizes such as the Illini flag and neon light. These treasures now decorate some of the suites at Presby Hall.
Most residents had only met each other within the past week, and friendships were already being developed. With the best turnout for a Welcome Cookout that Presby Hall has ever seen, we are very excited and cannot wait to see what the rest of the academic year has to offer!
Submitted by Taylor McLaughlin, Presby Hall Resident Director