The Final Countdown: Seniors Scramble to Make Their Last Memories in Friartown

by The Cowl Editor on March 7, 2019


Students posing for a photo at Black and White Ball.
Sophie Palopoli ’19, Luiza Alves ’19, and Katherine Agugliaro ’19 at the first Black & White Ball in 2017. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

As the semester gets to the stressful point of looming midterms and spring break right around the corner, it is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day monotony of classes and homework. Instead of spending time with friends, most students find that their days and nights are spent in the library or cooped up in their rooms writing papers and applying for jobs. Reaching the midway point of the semester can often coincide with a decrease in productivity or motivation for many students, and campus events can be a great way for students to take a break, even if it is just for a night. Although academics should be every college student’s first priority, it is also important to spend quality time with friends and take a night off from the daily stresses of being a student.   

    This past weekend, students had the opportunity to take the night off and celebrate being a Providence College student at the Black & White Ball. The Black & White Ball is a bit different than other dances because it is open to all students and essentially turns the Peterson Recreation Center into a ballroom, complete with a live band, food and drink bars, and a dance floor. The Black & White Ball is always a popular event as it allows students to get dressed up and dedicate a night to spending time with the entire student body. Seeing Peterson transformed into a beautifully decorated ballroom and getting to see thousands of PC students come together is the perfect way to get out of the mid-semester slump that so many students find themselves in.    

   To continue the celebrations last weekend, McPhail’s hosted a Senior Night for the Class of 2019. Coming off the success of the first Senior Night that McPhail’s hosted in February, members of the senior class were given another opportunity to spend time together as a class. As the semester continues, there will be less opportunities for seniors to spend time with their entire class. The Senior Nights in McPhail’s are the perfect way for seniors to unwind and catch up with each other. Senior Nights are also a convenient and fun way to spend time on campus, as McPhail’s is a familiar place that virtually all students can access.

While Senior Ring Weekend and Commencement are the main events for the senior class, the smaller events like the Senior Nights held in McPhail’s are often just as special and fun. 

   While all students benefit from celebrations such as Black & White Ball, these events are particularly special for seniors who are feeling the pressure of graduation day getting closer. Once spring break comes and goes, students will really start to feel the pressures of studying for finals and finding summer employment, and the semester will be over before we know it. It is important for students to remember how beneficial it is to take a break from studying every now and then to spend time with friends and fellow classmates at events such as Black & White Ball and Senior Nights. Your four years at PC will be over before you know it, and these are the memories you will want to hold on to after you graduate.