Fried food list banner at Packapalooza

Highlights of NC State Life at Packapalooza

NC State students walking under Welcome to Packapalooza bannerWolfpack Welcome Week concluded yesterday with an awesome block party on Hillsborough Street!

What better way to start the school year and taste what life is like on campus than to stroll down NC State’s iconic college strip, passing new students, local alumni, and NC State athletes.

Here are a few highlights from Packapalooza 2015.

NC State Campus Life at Packapalooza 2015

You immediately get a sense of Wolfpack pride when you’re walking down Hillsborough Street — the whole street from Gumby’s Pizza to the Belltower is blocked off from the early afternoon to late evening, and just about everyone who lives in Raleigh and loves NC State makes it out to the festival.

Since it was a weekend, NC State commuter students were able to park for free on campus and make their way to Packapalooza, where they could meet up with old friends and meet new people in the process while getting an overview of campus life.

Student Involvement

Commuter students could find just about every type of club and NC State student service group represented at Packapalooza.

There were tents for Companion Animal Club, Union Activities Board (UAB), church groups, and more. Many of the booths were even for small local businesses specializing in vintage t-shirts, handmade crafts, and all types of interior design.

Packapalooza also had the widely popular “Before I Die” art board set up on the sidewalk along Hillsborough Street. Students wrote down a bucket list item in colorful pieces of chalk on the board, and popular responses included “before I die I want to end world hunger” and “before I die I want to dance the night away.”

NC State Athletics

If you went to Packapalooza, you probably saw the student athletes wandering around with their teammates and wearing matching shirts with their sport emblazoned on the front.

NC State’s rifle team, tennis team, and both men’s and women’s basketball teams made it out to Packapalooza to sign athletic posters for the 2015-16 season. There were especially long lines to see the NC State men’s basketball team, who made it all the way to the Elite Eight last season.

If you happened to catch the opening ceremony for Packapalooza, there were a number of students representing the NC State marching band to play “The Star Spangled Banner” and State’s fight song.

So Much Food!

Fried food list banner at PackapaloozaA crucial aspect to NC State college life is food. Packapalooza provided plenty of it.

Local Raleigh vendors like Pelican’s Sno Balls and Hillsborough Street businesses set up shop, offering popular favorites for students and Packapalooza attendees.

There was also a lot of fried food. Like at the North Carolina State Fair, there were so many appetizers and tasty treats to choose from, including fair delicacies like fried Oreos, funnel cakes, and ribbon fries.

Free Stuff for Students

Every NC State student loves free stuff. At just about every vendor booth at Packapalooza, you had the chance to spin a wheel and earn prizes ranging from sunglasses to NC State-themed hand sanitizers.

Free sunglasses are a key part of campus wear at NC State, so students were flocking to the UAB tent and to Student Health Services’ tent to stand in line for an awesome pair of sunglasses to add to their collection.

Athletic posters were also free, and you could stand in line to get your poster signed by every single member of NC State’s athletic teams.

Many of the cool NC State shirts were not free, but they were only $10 at most merchandise booths.

Check Out Packapalooza for NC State Campus Life Next Year

Packapalooza is a great way for you to meet new people, experience Pack pride, and find fun ways to get involved on campus as an NC State commuter student. If you missed it this year, be sure to visit Packapalooza in 2016. You won’t regret it.

Were you able to make it to Packapalooza yesterday? What were your favorite parts? Let me know in the comments and be sure to check back on The Student Saver for more about NC State commuter resources.

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