Associated Students, Inc. brought students together for the Games Room’s first Plant ‘N’ Sip event last Thursday for a free, fun event to enjoy a cup of hot tea while building their very own terrariums with friends.

Terrariums are small containers that plants can grow in with little to no hassle.

The most common type of plant kept in terrariums are small succulents that hold water within their leaves so they require little maintenance and tend to thrive in dry climates: the perfect type of plant for college students.

With more than 12 tables laid out in the back of the Bronco Student Center, Games Room Etc., more students came to the Plant ‘N’ Sip event to enjoy fun than anticipated.

Students work away at their terrariums in Games Room Etc. (Christina Manuel | The Poly Post)

Second year computer science student, Jordan Lam and his girlfriend Christina Morales, third-year management human resources student, came to enjoy the Plant ‘N’ Sip fun on their night off from class.

“It’s really nice to do events like this because it helps with relaxation especially before finals,” said Lam.

Both Lam and Morales were sharing different colored sands, mixing and matching their plants to create the illusion of a small habitat for the toy dinosaurs that had been placed in their terrariums.

Morales plans to keep her terrarium creation in her windowsill at home.

“It’s definitely a relaxing event to attend with finals right around the corner,” said Morales.

“I’ve never been to one of these before but it was super fun. I’ll definitely come back next quarter.”

Students that registered for the Plant ‘N’ Sip event beforehand were able to jump in on the do-it-yourself fun right away.

Students that hadn’t signed up were still able to still join in on the fun by signing into a waitlist to wait for an open spot if students that registered didn’t show up.

Due to the limited amount of space, some students were turned away because the seats had already been filled up.

Those students were encouraged to sign up for the next planting event in the spring quarter or another event in the future.

Cups of dirt, moss, charcoal, small pebbles, terrarium containers and four different types of succulent plants were spread across the tables for students to choose from to build their own DIY terrariums.

A projector displayed a student instructor giving step-by-step instructions for all students to follow for the proper filtration and drainage steps in building the terrariums for the plants, all of course while sipping their tea.

ASI also provided different options of tea packets with hot water alongside some sweet baked treats for all students and staff to enjoy during their project.

“I love tea and I love terrariums,” said second year math student Alex Gonzales. “So this is a great event in my opinion.”

With the last step of the building fun, ASI also provided students with paint, colored sand and small toy dinosaurs to go above and beyond in personalizing their own terrariums.

ASI employees that set up the event were also offering rose quartz and amethyst stones to students to add to their creations.

The rose quartz was provided to students as a healing stone to have while going into finals.

With the hope of the stone’s healing powers rubbing off from the terrariums, the goal of the quartz is to leaving students feeling stress free and relaxed.

Each student participant took home their creation along with maintenance tips from the instructor on how to keep the plants alive and well.

Students were able to fill out a survey at the end of the night to rate their experience to better the event, as this was the first Plant ‘N’ Sip event hosted by ASI.

With so many students showing up for the Plant ‘N’ Sip event, ASI is going to host the same event again next quarter so be sure to check out the BSC to sign up beforehand.

ASI is also hosting another popular event, Paint on Canvas, March 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 in the BSC.

Students can sign up for the free event and will be participating in a free, student-instructed painting class.

All supplies will be provided and participating students will be able to keep their paintings at the end of the class.

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