Giving students the opportunity to get off campus for a night of fun and friends, Lawrence University International held their annual Fall Formal on Saturday, Sep. 29. This year’s theme was “Garden.” Decorations included a flower adorned wall that beamed sophistication. The formal advertised free food, a DJ, a photo booth and a rose sale that served as a fundraiser for the student organization. The event was a success, and tickets were sold out by the day of the dance.
The formal acted as an escape from the humdrum of everyday Lawrence life, as explained by sophomore Mia Wu. “It’s fun because everyone comes together and dresses up — it feels special,” said Wu. “It’s also a free formal, so it’s very inclusive. And it’s a good way to dance without drunk people. It is very comfortable.”
Not only being an opportunity to get off campus and to go dancing, the Lawrence International Formal is the perfect place to meet new people and feel a deeper sense of belonging on campus. The event’s venue not only included a ballroom, but also a lounge, where students could rest from dancing and connect. “I think the dance strengthens Lawrence’s community. Since a lot of freshman end up going, it’s a good way for them — and everyone — to get to know each other better,” said Wu.
The formal’s focus on togetherness results in the enhancement of Lawrence’s community. “You end up having a really good time with the people you end up getting to know, and start to become friends,” said Wu. “This is especially true for international students. It ties us together and makes us feel more connected on campus.”