HAVOC: The Best of Homecoming

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Waking up on the first day in our Olympic Park.

It’s that time of year again and I cannot contain my excitement because that means HOMECOMING! And HAVOC!

My freshman year I had no idea as to what HAVOC was or why I saw people dressed up in costumes asking for donations to charities.

These are some thoughts and questions I had running through my head at the time:

Who are all of those people dressed up? Why do I keep seeing them wearing the same clothes everyday this week? Do they shower? Wow, they must really smell.

Sophomore year came around and I applied. And then I got this email…

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By the Sunday night of Homecoming, I was dressed like a German Olympic ice-skater and I was ready to conquer to the competition. Every year the event is sponsored by FUSAB (Furman University Student Activity Board) and the theme was the “Olympic Village.”

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

1.) The campsite is outside of the library and is sponsored by FUOC (Furman University Outdoors Club). =They provide the tents. We were able to decorate our new “home” for the week: sleeping  bags, pillows, blankets, and anything to keep us warm in the tundra night temperatures.

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Going to bed outside of the Furman library in a tent for the night.

2.) Participants cannot go back to your residence, meaning nothing can be brought back to your campsite, or you will be disqualified for breaking the rules of the competition. All HAVOC participants also must eat all meals as a group during the competition along with FUSAB members.

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Eating breakfast with the other participants in the DH.

3.) The big thing that makes HAVOC stick out compared to other campus events and fundraisers is that since you are on a campsite for the week, you CANNOT SHOWER!

4.) You can be voted off by other members. Keep raising money, but do not publicize your success to other members.

Here was our HAVOC Olympics rule book:

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This was our schedule for the week for the Fall of 2015:

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How many people can say that they slept in a tent and didn’t shower for almost a week to raised money and awareness for an organization that they’re passionate about?!?!

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Laser tag event with other participants Jamison, Polly Rose, and Gabe.

HAVOC honestly was a life changing experience for me. I may not have won and may have been voted off on the third night, but I made it through all of the challenges and raised a total of $642.51 over the course of 3 days for the South Carolina School for the Deaf & Blind.

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Bonding with Gabe and Izzy after a competition outside of the library.

If you did not participate in HAVOC this year or in the past, I HIGHLY recommend participating in it in your future years at Furman. It’s a great way to raise money for a charity or a foundation that you are passionate about and you have the opportunity to meet other students that you would not have met otherwise.

Apply for HAVOC. You will have a blast!

Don’t forget, #imyourPALauren

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