Written by Mattie Powers // Photo by Macy Cox
The Student Association (SA) kicked off the spring semester with a birthday bash Jan. 12 for students whose birthdays were over winter break and who were not able to celebrate with their friends from Harding. The birthday bash was held at the on-campus Starbucks, where the SA used a corner of the restaurant to set up decorations to celebrate the students’ birthdays.
Junior SA treasurer Grant Moore talked about what this event meant to him and the Harding community.
“I think it’s just a nice way to show that we care,” Moore said. “Even if you weren’t here for your birthday, there are still people who care.”
At the bash, there was a blank cake with multiple icing options. The students decorated the cake with their own names so everyone could see whose birthdays were being celebrated.
One of the students whose birthday was over the break was sophomore Kalei Davis, a new transfer to Harding. Her birthday was Dec. 29. She came to the birthday bash to celebrate with the Harding community.
“I think it’s really sweet,” Davis said. “I know a lot of people really wish they could celebrate their birthday with their friends from school, and so I understand. I personally have never really done anything like a big blow out for birthdays, so I love that it’s offered to everybody so that it’s like you kind of get the spotlight, but you don’t at the same time. It’s just a fun time to celebrate together.”
The event started in the late afternoon. Students slowly trickled into the bash where the SA was waiting to start celebrations and everyone hung out together and ate cake. People whose birthdays were over winter break also brought their friends along to the event.
Senior SA president Megan Sledge said she hopes the next SA committee hosts another birthday bash in the future.
“And hopefully something they can do next year like for the next SA group, maybe having one in August for all the summer birthdays,” Sledge said. “And I think it’ll be something fun that we can start, so I’m excited to see if they do it again in the future.”