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An enchanting evening at the Linguistics and Sociology Ball

Abigail Booth United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Abigail Booth | English Language and Linguistics with Intercalated year Contact Abigail

Saturday night saw my first university ball, so in this blog I’ll be sharing my overall experience and my favourite moments!

Reading the description of the upcoming Linguistics and Sociology ball months ago, I didn’t think that the “enchanted garden” theme would quite literally appear before my eyes. I’ve been to Jephson Gardens in Leamington Spa before, (it really is lovely to walk around in the sunny weather), but little did I know that the prom would be situated in the glass house itself!

As we walked in and were greeted with a glass of bubbly, I was stunned by the display of tropical plants surrounding us. The first thought I had was- well, they pretty much got the brief spot on. It really did feel enchanting.  When we walked through the array of plants into the main venue, there were delicately laid tables dotted around, with the twinkling of fairy lights adding a magical touch to the room.  We had plenty of time to chat (mainly about how lovely this venue was) before enjoying the decadent three course meal (yes- three!!). I chose my meal option so long ago I couldn’t remember what I was expecting, but I was NOT disappointed in the slightest! My favourite course was probably dessert- a delicious gingerbread cheesecake.

As the night continued, music was played, and everyone had a laugh and a dance. To our excitement, a pop-up photo booth had been put in place, which we all took full advantage of. Dressing up in the ridiculous hats with friends was probably one of my favourite moments of the night! All the while I could not believe the work that had been put in by the Sociology and Linguistics societies! It all seemed so incredibly perfect, and evidently took a lot of planning on their behalf!

I think it is vital that we appreciate the societies within each university course- for events such as this would not occur without these dedicated students! If you’re yet to discover the events running within the society for your course, then why not check it out? Glocal, the Linguistics society, run numerous events throughout the year, from casual socials to more involved activities, enabling us to socialise with course mates, meet new people and have fun.

The ball was also a great opportunity to meet new people. Of course, I was sat with some course mates, but we were also integrated with people studying Sociology. I really enjoyed hearing about their university experience, particularly as they were not first years and had helpful advice for us freshers! Events such as this make you realise just how many people go to Warwick, and how few of them you’ll actually meet during your time at university, so it’s great to meet some new faces once in a while. 

The atmosphere of the evening took me back to the memories of my secondary school prom- the flowing dresses, buzzing atmosphere and the feel of sophistication! Also, I definitely felt a sense of escapism from normal university stress. I think one-off events such as this truly allow for a different to the ‘norm’ experience, which we all need once in a while. It was particularly nice as we are approaching the end of Term 2, meaning that we all perhaps needed a pick-me-up!

So, a huge thank you to everyone involved in making the ball a huge success- a night I won’t forget! 

Abigail Booth United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Abigail Booth | English Language and Linguistics with Intercalated year Contact Abigail

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