SOMA Has Got You Covered for All Things Fun!
AUTHOR: Gabriella Mattina
SOMA wants you to come out and have a great time! SOMA president Gabriella Mattina shares her thoughts on why engaging in social events is important for graduate students in the MiNDS program.
Over the last few years, SOMA has established several annual events, including a spooktacular Halloween party and ping-pong night. Past events also include a campus-wide photo scavenger hunt, yoga classes, and hot chocolate and board game nights. This year we’ve started a new tradition of attending trivia nights at the Phoenix every other Tuesday evening.
SOMA is also involved in welcoming new students to the program and providing venues for networking in a relaxed environment. These events can afford you the opportunity to ask others in the program questions about their experiences and their research. You can pick each other’s brains about scholarship applications, troubleshooting experiments, the comprehensive exam process and even how to prepare for a committee meeting or defense.
We’ve got some exciting upcoming events in mind for this year, and I hope more students will be able to find the time in their busy schedules to come out and take part in SOMA events. We’re always looking for new ideas, so please reach out if you’d like to be part of this great student-led initiative.