What is the best way to celebrate the last week of classes for the year? At Trinity, the answer is Trinity Ball. On the night of the last day of classes Trinity hosts Europe’s largest, most exclusive private party and I was fortunate enough to get a ticket.
The week leading up to the ball crews began setting up tents all across campus. It was so cool to watch the iconic Front Square area with the campanile become transformed into a massive stage and dance floor area. On Friday, all afternoon classes were cancelled so that the gates to the campus could be shut off to the public. The only way to get onto campus on Friday afternoon was with a student ID card. I have to admit I felt quite special jumping past the line of disappointed tourists waiting at the gates, flashing my ID card at the guards, and walking straight onto campus. After lunch, the HC girls and I went for manicures and pedicures and then went back to our individual apartments to primp and get ready for the big event. We got together with more of our friends from both Trinity and HC and even those who weren’t going to the ball came over in their suits and dresses to take pictures and hang out, which made the whole event feel even more special (and slightly prom-like). We made it to the ball in time for the two acts that I really wanted to see: Imagine Dragons and Ellie Goulding, who were both performing in the largest of the tents, the “Main Stage.” There were five separate stages, each hosting a minimum of 4 different acts or DJs throughout the night. The atmosphere was overwhelming, yet unbelievably incredible and the party lasted well into the morning.
It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I’m so glad I had the chance to go. Now that classes are over, I have to focus on choosing classes for next semester at Holy Cross, working on a senior year thesis proposal, and, of course, preparing for my upcoming trip to Italy!
Katie Riley '14