Socializing was made easy for University of New Mexico students at the first-ever Speed Friending event with Uni Nights at the Student Union Building on Nov. 15.
The event itself functioned similar to speed dating but instead gave students the chance to make new friends on campus. There were three tables lined up in the SUB ballroom with chairs on each side. Everyone was given two minutes to talk to the person in front of them before moving to the next person down the table.
Students were invited to attend the Uni Night event while enjoying free food and conversations with other Lobos. Each student who attended was given a free disposable camera upon signing in, and many people took the opportunity to take selfies with all of the new friends they made throughout the night.
"I thought there would be a lot more people," education major Nhi Do said, despite more than half the room being full. "I was honestly disappointed about the questions. Almost every single person asked me 'what was your major?' except for one person."
Most of the people there seemed to enjoy the event, but many people said the time limit for each rotation was too short.
"Two minutes is not enough time," biology sophomore Rebekah Larsson said. "If you really want to get to know someone to be their friend, you gotta give them a little bit more time."
Larsson said she got to the point where if she found someone she enjoyed talking to, she would stay with them for a second rotation and have the next person go around her.
"I feel like it was organized to the best ability — it's hard to get something like this to happen," computer science sophomore Calvin Stahoviak said. "I definitely enjoyed it. I feel like it was worth it, but I wish more people came. They were obviously prepared for more people with the amount of cameras they had."
Stahoviak also talked about the rotation duration and said it felt like they were given 60 seconds for some conversations, which he said was a nice place to get a general idea of the person. Once they started making the talks longer, it was slightly awkward with the people he wanted to move on from.
There was a raffle drawing for an instant camera kit with stickers, which nursing student Santi Feliz won.
"The raffle prize was so rad," Feliz said. "I am so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone to come to this fun event, because I met some cool people and won a dope prize."
Despite the detailed criticism on making the event more efficient, many attendees seemed to be having a good time, and some of the students even started a game of musical chairs once the introduction rotations were done. The event was full of kind, social students who were ready to make lots of new friends with each other.
The next event hosted by Uni Nights will be a Midnight Breakfast on Dec. 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Daniel Ward is a freelance reporter at the Daily Lobo. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @wordsofward34