BBBS’ Annual Big Day at the U

May 15, 2019, Arianna Lyksett

On a warm day in April, hundreds of Littles headed to the University of Minnesota for BBBS’ Annual “Big Day at the U” event to spend a day in their college Bigs’ shoes. Little’s poured out of school buses, trying to spot their Bigs through the crowd, excited for a day of catapult building, button making and pizza with their Bigs. 

Bigs and Littles enjoyed the annual Big Day at the U event hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities and the University of Minnesota.

Campus Tours and Student Groups

Groups were able to get the real feel of what college is really like during their guided tour of the University of Minnesota campus. “This place is huge,” one Little said during the tour. “How do you know where to go?”

Tesla Works, a student group at the University of Minnesota, talked to Little’s about the importance of student groups and how to be involved once on campus. Founded on the idea of giving students the opportunity to turn classroom knowledge into real-world experiences, Tesla Works has quickly grown to be one of the most dynamic student groups in the College of Science and Engineering. During their demonstration, members talked more about their program and about their current student run projects.

From Engineering to Button Making
Groups had a chance to “build your own catapult” while learning about the Society of Women Engineering. Bigs helped their Littles build catapults and had a contest to see whose could launch a ball the farthest. Little’s loved having the opportunity to catapult. Ping-pong balls were flying all over the classroom!

This Big and Little teamed up to make a giant catapult together.

Littles walked over to Lind Hall to learn more about the art of button making with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Free Arts staff. Little’s used their imaginations to make their own customized designs, and then learned how to make their own buttons with a button maker. Many Littles spent this time creating giant buttons for their Bigs to wear around campus!

A match spending time making matching buttons during the annual Big Day at the U event.

Pep Band and Pizza Party

For lunch, groups headed to the University Recreation and Wellness Center and were greeted by members of the U of M Marching Band. Dressed in their Gopher gear, the pep band played a few tunes to liven up the crowd before everyone lined up for a pizza party and some rec time.

A BIG thank you to the college Bigs, the University of Minnesota, and the U of M Marching Band for making the Annual Big Day at the U a successful event. Thank you for igniting potential in Twin Cities youth, we’re confident that our Littles will follow in your footsteps as the next generation of college scholars.

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