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NABA hosts another ‘Game Night’ with a combined clothing and food drive

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The National Association of Black Accounts hosted “Game Night X Jopwell” at Baruch College in order to create networking opportunities and a bonding experience for students, as well as convince students to donate to their clothes and food drive on Nov 21.

Members of NABA were walking around with their iPhones asking and allowing students to create Jopwell accounts in order to give them a head start on networking.

Jopwell is an online job resource used to help college students find internship opportunities based on their major and career interest. The entire night was filled with food, laughter and games. Games included at the event were Connect Four, Jenga and Uno, and there was an Xbox available for students to play the video game NBA 2K19. 

One of the goals of NABA “Game Night” was also to create a stress-free event for students who are dealing with impact of school and work life balance and also was to help start up friendships in the process, according to Naisera Vaughn, member of the Community Affairs Committee of the NABA.

“Ahadanah Sylvestre and I was talking about this event,” said Naisera Vaughn. “We want to have fun while giving back. This event was also used as place where we as students can let loose. Overall it was a smooth journey,” said Vaughn. 

“Nothing went askew. I only wished more committee members could have attended to meet students that come,” she said.

NABA also wanted to use “Game Night” as an attempted chance to introduce the students to the fun side of the club.

“I hope they see a fun side of NABA,” said Sylvestre, director of community affairs.

 “I want student get more of a family feel. The main purpose of this event is to raise donations for our clothes drive and food drive. The only challenge we had was delivering our message about our donation drive. While we do want to give students a good foundation to starting their careers, we want to also offer family support as well.”

“I definitely want people to know about NABA” said Naisera Vaughn. “We help with internships and we are not only business. We are a family as well.”

Other members only wished for students to simply have fun and relax. 

“We want students that attend to feel like they are enjoying the event,” said Jessica Agyeman, member of the finance committee of NABA. “The goal is to have fun. By hosting this event, we want everyone feel included, even if you are new to the club.” 

The students who attended had a few similar reasons for attending the event as a well. “I was looking for something fun to do,” said Jarette Marin. 

“I was also hoping to meet new people as well. I am also hoping to get the school a lot more since I have not been at Baruch long. Also, I just wanted to have fun.” 

Michelle Abreu, another student who attended “Game Night” had different reasons as well.

“A lot of my friends are a part of NABA,” said Michelle Abreu. “So, I decided to join them. Plus, I heard about free food. I wanted to have fun before I have to take my finals and enjoy free food.”

Some students ended up at this event by chance, like Brigette Allison.

“I went to game night that was hosted by Caribbean Student Association,” said Brigette Allison. “The Clubs were promoting was promoting each other and I decided to check it out. I was hoping to meet new people. By meeting new people, I am also inspired to join the club.”

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