So as you guys might not know, this year marks the anniversary of Colby’s 200th year. While the college has a TON of really really cool activities planned for this entire year, they were kicked off last night with the bicentennial ball! I know I always gush how much the Colby administration cares about its students and how much ridiculous effort they put into making sure we have an awesome time here, but last night was definitely the epitome of this. I was completely blown away. To start off with, the place was actually the most spectacular thing ever. I don’t know how long it took to organize everything, but it must have taken a huge amount of time and money on Colby’s end of things. There were expensive classy white couches, flowers, tons of food (white and dark chocolate covered strawberries? Uhh yes) and a ton of different things by the caterers. I could go on and on but I think you’ll see in the pictures! And remember it was a thousand times more magical and sweet when you were actually there.
In terms of who was there, there was a ton of older folks – Colby Trustees, professors, the administration, and alumni – and it was really cool to see everyone together. It wasn’t like a normal Colby dance at all (while they’re a ton of fun, they also get gross once in a while) and there was a mix of people sitting around on the couches dressed up in a very classy manner, people pigging out on chocolate covered heaven/strawberries (I wasn’t one of these people don’t worry) and people getting very enthused on the dance floor. The music was actually the best thing ever – old music from the live band (who were AMAZING) and it created just the best atmosphere ever. A lot of classic rock and older country. And each of them could sing wicked well. They also played modern pop songs to fill in the gaps when they weren’t playing. Call Me Maybe had to make an appearance of course. And believe me it was pretty enjoyable seeing all the adults jamming out to it.
Overall, I strongly, strongly recommend that Colby do something like this again. It was my most memorable experience at Colby and I’m gonna remember the night for ages to come. If you guys went to prom, it was like that except a lot more chill and wayyy classier. I have to give major props to whoever put this together, and I’m thinking of writing a discourse post on how great it was. It clearly was a crap ton of money and energy and Colby’s part and it makes me feel so good to go to a school that does this sort of thing – there was literally no point other than for everyone to have an amazingly good time. It also felt really good just to see everyone in very formal clothes and looking their best – I’m so excited for other bicentennial events in the future! More than anything, the event just reminded me how Colby is the best school ever and how awesome it is. If I’m still alive for our tri-cententennial I am so going to tear up the dance floor. In my walker. Maybe have a couple more of those chocolate covered strawberries while I’m at it.