Freshman year at Lee University has been full of crazy events for all the students, getting us all excited for college and life and things. And by crazy events I mean at Octoberfest we had cider pong…(Beat that Indiana University, biggest party school my butt!) The craziest event yet happened October 13th, 2014 and it was awesome. Lee University held their annual Dorm Wars competition and it was insane. Dorm Wars is a battle between all the dorms and apartments on campus. The girls compete against the girls and guys against guys. The competition includes an intro performance, spirit competitions, an obstacle course, and a crowd favorite, the shopping cart races. I do want to take a minute and highlight that I did say shopping cart, not buggy. I will not submit to these weird southern words.
The dorms on campus have been practicing for a really long time because it’s such a huge deal. All the students get really into it and it’s a blast. I think the Res Life Staff gets more excited than anyone else but that’s just an observation. Each dorm also comes up with a theme for their dorm and everyone dresses up according to their theme. My dorm, which is Snora, (Simmons + Nora = Snora) had the best theme of all time and it was circus. We had mimes, ballerinas, lions, tigers, scary man-women, acrobats, and a whole bunch of dancers. I’m very bias and decided that we had the best intro and should’ve won the whole thing but sadly we didn’t.
To give a little background on the dorm I live in, I’ll start off by saying it is the smallest dorm on campus. It is small in all aspects. We don’t have very many people and I’m not quite sure if the rooms are legal living spaces. Even though we are small in size, we are mighty! We really did try and we didn’t completely loose, we got fourth. But hey, no one is going to take away my Snora pride. The whole thing was really awesome.
There are two moments from the night that I ingrained in my brain, so I wouldn’t forget the fun that I had. The first moment was the start of our ferocious war path. We circled the building and all the other dorms trying to intimidate our competitors. This reminded me of plenty of movies out there where the little guys that don’t stand a chance, in crazy get-ups, burst out of nowhere looking all jank and totally not uniformed at all, just run around with the biggest and loudest cheers because they are so excited. I would say that that whole sentence represents my life because my excited level is usually at that point about almost anything. We were those guys. The second moment was before the competition really started. The DJ was playing music and the whole gym was going crazy. Everyone was dancing and singing and having the best time with the people around them. I was standing in my section with all the girls in Snora and the song Roar by Katy Perry came on. Our dorm was especially fond of this song because it was the anthem to our circus theme. When this came on we went crazy! You know in the moments, when something like that bonds everyone around you together and you somehow all understand the rhythm and everyone dances the same way? No? Me either! BUT THAT HAPPENED! It was like we all were one! This moment was nuts and I remember my thoughts were “I’ve got to hold onto this.”
And I was right. These moments I’m having now are so important to appreciate. Time flies by so fast. And without realizing it, freshman year of college will be over and I’ll be in a new stage with new moments and I’ll look back and say, “Remember that time, at Dorm Wars, when I was a Tiger?” That day will come, but today I’m going to reminisce and hold onto today, and soak up all that I can.