Dorm Candy-land

For this fall semester, proctors and mentors met for lunch meetings in the Aviation room of the Hoch every other week. The meetings ranged between workshops, discussions, and presentations, with some about mental health, others about physical health, and a few about the communities within our dorms. The other week, for our last meeting, we made candy versions of our dorm communities as a fun end to the semester. We were given 35 minutes, a giant stack of sweets (icing, graham crackers, candy canes, marshmallows, and mints), and a ton of creative freedom.

I quickly ran off to grab cookies from the dessert section of the Hoch to grab some chocolate chip cookies while Maggie and Joe sifted through the sweets table in the Aviation room, grabbing various icing colors and candies for any ideas they had. When we reconvened, we decided to make the lounge and courtyard of Sontag, as we felt that those areas best represented some of the most important parts of Sontag’s community.

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(From left) Maggie Liu (’16), Joe Sinopoli (’17), Perry Holen (’16), and I supporting our dorm community.

The final product had many of the characteristic activities that are enjoyed by Sontag residents. The lounge depicted some of our frosh (represented by gummy bears) watching the lounge TV show, hanging out on couches or beanbags (or marshmallows and cake), relaxing in the ball pit (more marshmallows), and playing ping pong. The courtyard had more frosh playing card games (made of cheese- I know it is not a dessert necessarily, but pie and cheese is a thing, so we allowed it) at the shaded tables (again, marshmallows) and riding bikes. We also put chocolate chips cookies in the courtyard to represent Sontag’s rocks, which sit in our real courtyard.

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The candy courtyard with our frosh gummy bears marshmallow tables, and chocolate chip rocks.

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Sontag lounge in candy form.

After everyone finished making their dorm, we got to go around and see what other teams had made. Some made building with multiple stories, while others made structures similar to ours with just the lounge. However, whether the structure involved three floors, a tire swing, or hammocks, it was nice to see the different senses of community found in our dorms.