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Saint Mary’s hosts Junior Mom’s Weekend

| Monday, April 13, 2015

Saint Mary's juniors enjoyed dinner with their mothers at the Gillespie Center at the Hilton Garden Inn.Photo courtesy of Maggie Crowe

Saint Mary’s juniors enjoyed dinner with their mothers at the Gillespie Center at the Hilton Garden Inn.

This weekend Saint Mary’s hosted Junior Mom’s Weekend, which allowed mothers and daughters to share a special weekend on campus together.

Junior class president Corinne Craig said she began planning for this in September. The weekend helped moms and daughters grow closer, as it allowed mothers and daughters to experience Saint Mary’s together.

“The main purpose of all the events is to show mothers how their daughters have fun during the weekend,” Craig said. “It’s very important to have this weekend junior year because at that time, students are older and more mature. They can have more fun with their moms.”

Craig said one of the most memorable parts of the weekend was “Cupcakes and Canvas.” Art major students taught over 150 moms and daughters how to paint a picture of Le Mans Hall. She worked with a local bakery, Yummy Cupcakes, to provide snacks at this event.

Junior Veronica McDowell said she served as an art instructor for this event, suggesting certain painting techniques and helping to mix different colors.

“Art is a great way for people to bond,” McDowell said. “It is a low-pressure environment where you can have a conversation while also creating something beautiful.”

This creative portion of the weekend attracted many mother and daughter duos, but Craig said other events included a wine and cheese reception, a yoga class, Mass and a dinner at the Gillespie Center.

According to McDowell, the yoga event was especially fun for her because she and her mom love to exercise together but can never find the time. She said she enjoyed the scheduled activities, but she also recognizes the benefit of a weekend spent simply relaxing with loved ones.

“It’s a time when you can put school on hold and focus on your family,” McDowell said. “Also it’s a chance to show your mom around school and give her insight on your college life. The weekend will be another great memory I can add to my time at Saint Mary’s.”

Craig said one of the best parts of Junior Mom’s Weekend was the opportunity to meet her friends’ mothers and bond with them outside of the scheduled events.

“It’s really fun to be with your mom and have your friends’ moms meet your mom,” she said. “You’re with a bunch of moms and daughters, so you can connect with everyone.”

McDowell, too, said the social aspect of this weekend was especially meaningful to her because it reminded her of all her family has done for her.

“Junior Mom’s [Weekend] is important because it strengthens appreciation for mothers and other family members who have taken care of you,” McDowell said. “It’s always nice to spend time with the ones you love.”

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Martha is a senior majoring in English literature and political science. She currently serves as Saint Mary's editor but still values the Oxford comma in everyday use.

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