February 26, 2014
Sibling Weekend 2014 featured a Superhero & Sidekicks theme.
More than 100 siblings joined their older brothers and sisters who are students at Texas Tech University for Sibling Weekend 2014.
Students and their siblings participated in a host of events featuring the weekend’s “Superhero & Sidekicks” theme, including adventures at the Student Rec Center, superhero photo opportunities and a movie viewing of “The Incredibles.” Siblings also experienced college life first-hand by attending a class and the Texas Tech baseball and basketball games.
“We had a great turn out this year and had a lot of new participants as well as many returning participants,” said Pamela Carrizales, unit coordinator for Parent and Family Relations. “Siblings really had the chance to experience what life is like at Texas Tech and many of them are looking forward to college and becoming a Red Raider. One of the best parts of Sibling Weekend is seeing everyone enjoy the activities and spend quality time with each other.”
For Texas Tech graduate student Lauren Zacharias and her little sister Jana of Weatherford, this was the fourth year in a row the duo has attended Sibling Weekend together. Jana, who is in the seventh grade, enjoys spending time with Lauren and experiencing life as a Texas Tech student.
“My favorite part was being able to stay in the dorm with Lauren and getting to see what she does on a daily basis,” Jana said. “I actually know what she’s talking about when she tells us about her day."
More than 100 siblings joined their older brothers and sisters for Sibling Weekend 2014.
Lauren agreed, and said she likes having the chance to share her “home away from home” with Jana.
Although the sisters are veterans of Sibling Weekend, the superhero theme and associated events provided a fun new twist.
“My favorite part this year was how there was a theme and that the activities went along with the theme,” Jana said. “The movie night activities and watching ‘The Incredibles’ was great fun.”
The sisters, who have participated in every event during sibling weekend over the course of Lauren’s time at Texas Tech, said the weekend is a welcome occasion to see one another when they wouldn’t normally get to during the semester.
For Lauren, Sibling Weekend is an opportunity for her younger sister to experience college life at Texas Tech.
“I think it is important for Jana to experience what it is like to live on campus – to be able to experience the community feel that comes from living on campus,” Lauren said.
Jana already is excited to be a Red Raider herself one day.
“I think Texas Tech is great school, and ever since Lauren started going there I liked the school a lot,” she said. “As of right now I want to go to Texas Tech; I would love it.”