What happens when you put a group of college students in charge of organising a formal?
This year’s formal was a combination of beautiful decorations, amazing performances, painful video-editing and last minute details. This combination, while could have been a recipe for disaster was instead, a complete success. The night turned out better than anyone could have imagined given some of the hiccups that went on behind the scenes.
One of the major hiccups was the graduate video corrupting at 11pm the night before formal. Don’t stress, the nerd glasses came out and the video was saved and molded into one smooth and quite funny dedication to this year’s graduates, which happens to include myself.
This year was my last ever college formal. So I thought I would take a moment to reflect. Three years and three separate formals, it seems that the major consistency throughout this time has been the friends and support that has been shared at college. I guess the fact that Concannon formal has always looked the best is also a consistency… or “tradition”, if you will.
This year at Concannon, we decided our theme would be “an enchanted evening”. A way to set the mood for a delicate evening and an excuse to use fairylights because let’s face it – who doesn’t love fairylights? While the 24hour lead up always feels the busiest, we were well prepared and decided to set-up the night before, attempting to iron everything out. The night couldn’t have looked any better. Huge congratulations to our Social Co-ordinator, Gabe.
We hit up our after-party and somehow only a handful of us were left to slowly make our way to meet our friends downtown. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on which side of the stage you stood, we found ourselves singing karaoke at a pub. While this part of the night was completely unexpected, I can now tick it off my bucket list.
As this year draws to a close almost too quickly, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on the time I’ve had at Concannon and the friends who now feel like family. Formal is the one night per year where we all dress up and reflect and celebrate the time that has passed. I think that needs to happen more often. Like high-school graduations, many of us are leaving. However, those who are staying at college or who have considered Concannon to be home at some stage, we are the smallest college but we have the biggest heart and that’s something that carries on long past the days of college life.