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A #TBT: My First Founder’s Day

April 6, 2017|Posted in: Uncategorized

Chelsea Greene is a freshman from New Jersey studying Elementary Education with a Dance minor. In this post, Chelsea remembers her first founder’s day experience, one of the biggest highlights of her first year at American. 

Going to the Founder’s Day Ball is like a right of passage for an AU student. Every February, students from all grades dress up and dance the night away in some of the coolest and most esteemed museums in the nation. Founder’s is essentially the prom you wish you had, instead of the Prom you had in the school gym. In short, it’s amazing. My friends and I, looking to make an entrance, arrived at the fashionable late hour of 9:00, and none of us were ready for the night that was ahead of us.

Never in a million years did I think I would dress up in a gorgeous gown, be eating devilishly delicious h’orderves, and standing in front of original copies of some of the nation’s earliest newspapers. Before Founder’s, I had never been to the Newseum. I had heard the name in passing, but I had never actually had the chance to go in it, let alone get to go to a celebration there with myself and a couple hundred of my closest friends. The Newseum had everything from a section of The Berlin Wall to some of the wreckage from the site of the 9/11 attacks. The exhibits were emotionally moving, and I was especially happy to see how my fellow classmates respected such sensitive exhibits.

One of my favorite locations in The Newseum would have to be the terrace on the top floor. On one side, it overlooks the Capital Building, and on the other, you can see the Washington Monument. Aside from providing a breathtaking view of the city, it made for a great photo opportunity with my friends. It’s all about getting the perfect shot.

Aside from the moving exhibits and the breathtaking views, my friends and I made it a point to dance as much as we could. A huge chunk of the first floor was designated as a dance floor, and you can bet that I broke out my best moves. I mean, Neil Kerwin was in the same room as I was. You can’t not break out your best dance moves when the president of your university is in the same room as you.

Until I actually got to go to a Founder’s Day celebration, I never completely understood just how much of an amazing event the Founder’s Day Ball is. With sore feet, full stomachs, and memories to last us for years, my friends and I reflected on our first experience with Founder’s. We all were blown away by the venue, and were taken aback by how much the student body came together for this one night. My first Founder’s Day Ball taught me that Founder’s Day isn’t just about celebrating the day American University was established, but celebrating the students that make the school so amazing too. Simply put, I can’t wait for my next Founder’s Day.

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