Last year around this time I wrote a blog about my Ring Night experience as a junior (http://ceceliaathollins.wordpress.com/2012/11/12/ring-night/). This year, I participated as a senior and had a totally different, yet equally amazing, experience. Seniors are responsible for orchestrating the entire event and making sure the juniors have a wonderful time. It involves an incredible amount of planning and coordination among the senior class, but it turned out great as always this year!
Most of us have had an idea of who we wanted our junior sisters to be for a while, but it all became official at the end of October when the senior class gathered to pick sisters (pick night happened to be the night before Tinker Day this year, keeping the seniors very busy!). Each junior can have up to two main sisters and four half sisters, plus an unlimited number of honorary sisters. I ended up choosing four main sisters and ten honoraries. We received sheets that the juniors had filled out with important information about themselves, such as their favorite candy, favorite movies, favorite colors, etc.
From there, the planning began in earnest. Emails flew fast and furiously within the different groups of seniors, trying to decide on the skits each group would do, group shout-outs, and the Friday night scavenger hunt. Meanwhile, we were all coming up with demands for our juniors to complete, shopping and crafting like crazy for the baskets we would give them, and getting demands and gifts from other seniors sisters for our juniors. I had a separate document on my computer for each of my juniors, plus a giant timetable of all of their demands. The documents eventually turned into the official lists of demands the juniors were given.
Crafting took over our entire living room floor for a few nights.
Spray painting the bottles the juniors receive for their senior year traditions (First Step, Ring Night, Hundredth Night, and Graduation)
We turned our spare bedroom into Ring Night headquarters, with 4 baskets, 4 posters, and everything for our honoraries.
Finally, the first day of Ring Night arrived. The schedule was changed this year to accommodate faculty complaints of people missing classes for Ring Night, so it started on Friday afternoon instead of Thursday. All of the juniors gathered on Front Quad with the helpers, with the seniors watching from Main. The helpers gave the juniors their Friday demands and things got started! I was kept busy watching my juniors perform a Taylor Swift dance routine, be a unicorn, lead a wilderness expedition on Front Quad, and teach people how to do handstands, and much more. I also got a milkshake and pizza for dinner, plus cinnamon rolls for the next day! In the evening, we watched skits and sent the juniors out on their scavenger hunts.
The helpers and juniors on Front Quad.
A variety of juniors doing the Wobble on Front Quad.
One of my juniors and two of her friends getting ready to lead a wilderness expedition.
Learning how to properly do squats from a junior.
We had a horse show at Sweet Briar on Saturday, so I missed pretty much everything that my juniors did during the day on Saturday, but I saw some pretty fantastic pictures. They all had odes and top 10 lists due, including an ode to my favorite horse and the top 10 reasons to study abroad in London. The demands I had my sisters perform included having a tea party on Front Quad, dressing up as Karl Marx, teaching a paddling class on dry land, and posting an album of fifty selfies on Facebook. They all performed admirably!
One of the top 10 lists I demanded from my sister with whom I went to London.
When we got back from the horse show, we had Panera waiting for us for dinner, and we rushed around to put the finishing touches on our sisters’ baskets and took them over to Moody for final skits. When everything was as ready as it was going to be, we cheered as the juniors came in, then enjoyed some excellent skits. The groups I was involved with had to do That 70s Show and a dance battle between N*Sync and the Backstreet Boys. We finished skits by all singing “Don’t Stop Believing” and “Bohemian Rhapsody”, the two unofficial Hollins songs, and revealed ourselves to our junior sisters.
One of my juniors had guessed mine and her other sister (my roommate)’s identities, but I think I managed to surprise my other three. I am so proud of them—they truly rose to the occasion. I am proud of my class for actually pulling Ring Night off. I worked with people I normally never would have spoken to, but we all pulled together and made it happen. Ring Night always makes me so glad to be part of the Hollins community, and this year was no exception. I just can’t believe that this was my last one!