Reflecting on Their Success
“On the second day of class they told us we were going to put on EdgeFest. Most of us were like, ‘What will we do? We’ve never done anything like this before,’” says event Co-coordinator Dana Beck ’23. “But (some of us) had experience so I was like, okay, we can do this. And then they told us we had 12 days until showtime, and I was like, oh, man!”
In the end the students’ hard work showed and it all came together — even better than expected.
“The highlight was the amazing turnout,” Dana says. “No one thought it was going to be as good as it was, especially because of the time crunch.”
“There was this moment — a glorious, wondrous moment. It all just clicked into place, like a pen cap,” says Co-Stage Manager Emmett Edwards ’23. “The stage was set up, and the first band was playing. People sat on the blankets we had placed in front of the stage with no indication they were allowed to sit there, they listened with no indication they should, and they clapped with no indication of how loud.”
“We could not have had a successful experience without tremendous support and partnership from Rob Overman and the Greensboro Parks, Tim Johnson and his staff in OSLE, and Meredeth Summers and her staff in conferences and events, as well as critical faculty-development programs provided by the Mellon Foundation grant,” Kyle says.
“In the end, EdgeFest offered a project not just for our inaugural first-year class under the Edge but signaled the start of new traditions in academics, advising, and community life that reflect the dedication and hard work of our students. I know our next first-year class will have the support and critiques of this year’s class as they build EdgeFest 2020 and start their Guilford journeys.”
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