If you thought high school Prom was an event, Formal is nothing in comparison. I can remember the first time someone asked what date the Carnation Ball was scheduled for during chapter, and just as the panic set in, formal season unofficially began.
Formal, the last function of freshman year, was sure to be memorable. Our previous function, Senior Band, was going to be hard to beat: Rooftop, overlooking the glory of Willie B. Stadium, with Moon Taxi as the musical entertainment (if you’ve never heard of them 1) you’re missing out 2) look them up on Spotify, they’re kinda a big deal). The pseudo pressure was suddenly on to find a date and a dress.
April 22nd came, and so did the storm clouds. After a week of beautiful weather while laying out at the Strom pool, monsoon-like storms dampened the mood and caused plans to be quickly rearranged. Deciding where to take pictures, how to do our hair, and what to tell our dates could have caused serious havoc, but our sisters were there to have our backs and help keep us all calm.
We rolled into Greek Village just as the rain let up, got our wristbands, and loaded the buses. After a short ride, the bus arrived at the South Carolina State House Museum. The modern venue welcomed us and our dates with a dance floor, photo booth, and tables overflowing with different, delicious foods. Everyone looked stunning in their dresses and tuxes and were more than ready to celebrate the end of the year. We spent the night taking pictures, dancing, and hugging the now-alumnae seniors as they soaked in their final function.
The Carnation Ball was one of the greatest experiences I’ve had with Phi Mu because it gave us all a reason to forget about upcoming finals, get dressed up, and just enjoy being with one another. Our exec team has done an outstanding job this semester and have had such a hand in making my freshman year unforgettable. Although it seems like nothing can beat this year’s events, I can already tell the best is yet to come in the fall.
-Rachel Desch, Freshman