On Saturday, April 14, Keene State College’s class of 2018 saddled up and headed down to Mohegan Sun for the senior class trip.
The trip cost $30 for seniors. The fee covered round-trip transportation from Keene to Mohegan Sun, hotel room costs and a brunch buffet the next morning.
Students gathered in front of Hoot ‘n’ Scoot on the day of the trip and hopped onto four buses that took them to a hotel about five minutes away from Mohegan Sun.
Once seniors checked in, they were free to do what they wanted for the night.
Secretary for the class of 2018 Emma Hamilton said this was nice because seniors were not stuck doing just one thing, as they could take a shuttle back and forth to the hotel whenever they wanted.
However, Hamilton said a lot of students still ended up in the same club.
“With how big Mohegan is, a lot of the people who came on the trip ended up in one club all together, so that was nice because everybody was still kind of all together, even though you’re allowed to go and do your own thing,” Hamilton said. “Everybody was dancing and having a good time. It was a lot of fun.”
On Sunday morning, a hot brunch that was closed-off for just the KSC seniors was served.
At 11 a.m., seniors got back on to the bus and headed home. Class of 2018 President Alayna LaBaire said she felt the trip went smoothly.
LaBaire’s role in setting up the trip was contacting the hotel and bus companies, along with working with the class of 2018’s whole executive board to figure out the venue and pricing.
LaBaire said the executive board looked at three different options, but Mohegan was the one which could accommodate the most students.
LaBaire said events like these are important. “This is our last time at Keene State. This is one of the last times we’re all going be together,” LaBaire said.
“When the reunion comes up 10 or 15 years down the road, we might not be in the area, so it is important to really spend time together and celebrate as seniors as well while we are still here.”
LaBaire also said she was grateful to work with the class of 2018’s eboard to plan the trip.
“Every single person on the 2018 executive board did an amazing job planning it… This trip wouldn’t have happened at all without every single one of us putting our all into it and I’m so incredibly proud of how it turned out,” LaBaire said.
Class of 2018 Vice President Stephanie Ryder was also among those who helped plan the event. Ryder said she felt the event was a success and there were not any bumps in the road.
Ryder said she had never been to Mohegan Sun and she thought it was a cool experience.
She added that the event was a nice way to bring the class together one last time. “I got to hang out with people I haven’t hung out with in a while,” Ryder said, “It’s a nice little close-to-graduation send off.”
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