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De-stress with movie night

The south side of the Holmes Student Center on a foggy day. The Holmes Student Center hosted the first generation movie on Tuesday in the Capital Room. (Northern Star File Photo)

DeKALB – There is no greater feeling than letting go of any worries or upcoming assignments for a moment, laughing at relatable moments and getting lost in the world of cinematography. 

TRIO Student Support Services offers just such an event for anyone looking to de-stress from the daily challenges of life. 

On Tuesday, Student Support Services hosted a movie event in the Holmes Student Center and was open to anyone interested in stopping by. 

During the event, the attendees could sit at any of the five large roundtables around the overhead projector. However, even with the allure of a chill movie and meeting new people, there were still only two students who arrived. 

Even so, the atmosphere was light-hearted and filled with chuckles as well as discussion of what parts of the movie they found funny or weirdly relatable. 

The movie, “Drumline,” a 2002 drama and musical film, followed a talented, young drummer named Devon Miles (Nick Cannon) as he entered his first year of college in a Southern university. With a goal of leading his school’s marching band, Devon faces several challenges from his allies and the competition as he strives for the top spot. 

The movie is a brilliant display of the challenges college students face when entering their first year and striving toward their goals for the future. From the relationships built to the achievements earned, this movie snuggly captures the elements of college life. 

Student Support Services is celebrating its second year of first generation week of events including the First Gen. movie night. 

Student Support Services’ main goal is to help students with a variety of different programs such as academic planning, mentorship, career exploration, graduate school, job hunting and many other programs. 

Shakaria Smith, a student success coach for TRIO Student Support Services, hosted the movie night and said she was excited to provide future programs at NIU. 

“I just wanted to do a variety of different things and continue to make connections with our students,” Smith said. “We strive to be a resource for our students here at NIU and just make sure we provide them with support, and we want to support them as much as we can.” 

Student Support Services will be offering more events in the future for students to attend that can be viewed on the NIU Event calendar.

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