Dodging the Bullet: A Review of Snowball 2018

Thea Toocheck '21 reflects on Snowball 2018

Thea Toocheck ’21 reflects on Snowball 2018

By Thea Toocheck, Staff Writer

I’ll admit I was a bit apprehensive when I heard we were having a dance. After all, school dances call to mind cringeworthy high school homecomings, and I am eager to have left those behind.

Though I was unsure what to expect, it took little to convince me to go to Snowball; while I’d never swing danced before, I was eager to learn, and my friend who is a member of the swing dance club was ready to teach me how. In addition, I am an avid Phantom of the Opera fan, so the “Masquerade” theme appealed to me, though I don’t think I ended up wearing my mask at all.

Snowball greatly exceeded my expectations, and as soon as I walked into the CUB Ballroom, I forgot all about those awful high school homecomings. The club-decorated lanterns were cute and the lighting set an appropriately fun but elegant mood. The Buzz Jones Band played live for the first part of the night, and my friends and I developed a deep appreciation for their singer. And while I’ve long known that I cannot dance, my friends managed to teach me the basics of swing dancing.

It was fun to learn something new, but thankfully, once the DJ took over, I was able to revert to the simple bobbing to the music that manages to pass for my dancing. My friends and I were also excited to discover the chocolate fountain and the photo booth, and overall it was a memorable night.

My friends and I ended up staying until one, when we were asked to leave, though we were still too hyper from the marshmallows courtesy of the chocolate fountain to go to sleep. Instead, we chatted about how much fun we’d had and how excited we were to go to Snowball again next year.

Editor’s Note: This article is the sixteenth of our series “Dodging the Bullet: The First Year Journal,” in which The Gettysburgian‘s staff members from the Class of 2021 share stories, reflections, and perspective on their first year experience. You can read the full series here. (BP)

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Author: Thea Toocheck

Thea Toocheck '21 plans to double-major in English and History. She loves traveling (she's been to six continents), reading, writing (she's self-published four books), musicals, and her dog (his name is Cosmo). Thea is also a fan of sleeping, Harry Potter, and anything Disney. Follow her on Instagram @theajoytooch.

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