First freshman halftime show celebrates semester midpoint

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BYU freshmen gathered at The Wall for the first-ever freshman half-time show to celebrate surviving to the midpoint of the winter semester Feb. 20.

Johnny Price and Julia Wright enjoy a night at The Wall watching Laugh Out Loud. Photo by Elliott Miller.
Johnny Price and Julia Wright enjoy a night at The Wall watching Laugh Out Loud. Photo by Elliott Miller.

Freshman Mentoring and the Office of First-Year Experience teamed up to host the event, which celebrated the official midpoint of the 16-week semester.

“It’s weird to think that my first year is almost over, and I feel so much older,” said Jenna Thornburg, a freshman from California. “I think it’s funny that we celebrate semesters being over at BYU because in high school no one paid attention.”

Each student was eligible to receive a voucher from their freshman mentors for free Italian sodas and entry into a drawing for prizes.

“I think this is a good opportunity for them to get out and realize that they’ve almost made it through an entire year,” said Caitlyn Costley, a freshman mentor. “The Wall is also a good location because it’s new and fun and freshmen can get here easy.”

Laugh Out Loud performs  at the Freshmen Half-Time Show Feb. 21. Photo by Elliott Miller.
Laugh Out Loud performs at the Freshmen Half-Time Show Feb. 21. Photo by Elliott Miller.

The Love Capades, a band made up of BYU students, performed a mix of eclectic alternative and acoustic pop rock music for students, mentors and First-Year employees. A magician and the BYU student improv comedy group Laugh Out Loud also performed.

“This is the first year we are doing this to celebrate. We are doing a lot more outreach through First-Year Experience, and we’re glad it was a good time,” said Spencer Brown, a freshman mentoring employee.

Students who are looking for more information on mentoring events can visit the Facebook page or the Office of First Year Experience in the Jesse Knight Building.

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