If you go to Virginia Tech, you’ve probably also been to “Gobblerfest” — an afternoon of advertising and campaigning for the various groups, clubs, organizations and businesses around campus and in the community.
The Drillfield is packed for the day and freshmen are encouraged to sign up for the listservs of clubs they may want to join. However, last year when I was new to the school, Gobblerfest seemed so overwhelming and stressful that I didn’t even want to go.
Walking around with a couple of friends trying to find my way in a world filled with people calling at me, shoving free things in my face, and being all-around too peppy made me want to turn around and walk straight back to my cozy little dorm room and lock the door.
It pains me to say that this year, I was one of those campaigners. And as much as I love my organization, I still felt bad approaching freshmen that clearly didn’t want to be approached quite yet.
Our booth was right at an entrance to the Drillfield, and I could see on every freshman’s face that they had yet to take it all in. They definitely weren’t ready to be harassed by some tree-hugging sophomore. Talking with my fellow advertisers, I realized that not everyone has the same view of this day as I do.
Looking back, I only remember a few clubs I saw because I still have their free Frisbees. So many of the other booths that day got mushed into one blur for me.
The idea of Gobblerfest is a good one, yet from the outside looking in it’s just a mess of booths scattered on the Drillfield. Perhaps this could eventually be remedied with directional signs and clear sectioning for types of organizations, but as for now it will probably remain a day of confusion for everyone who has never attended previously.