Life at Villa is becoming steadily busier as the year progresses: there’s so much happening! Junior year is definitely proving to be as stressful as I’ve heard tell for years now, but I know after two more months, I’ll be well prepared for senior year and all that comes with it.
This past weekend was the Father-Daughter Dance, which is another one of my favorite traditions at this school. It’s such a wonderful opportunity to spend time with your dad or another loved one, and on top of that, it sure does bring into perspective how quickly college is approaching. Every year, the Seniors line up and give a short speech about the impact their father has had on their life, something that’s obviously hard to express in just a few minutes. After each Senior is done, she presents her dad with a cardboard king’s crown.
Every year has its share of weepers who affect the crowd immensely. It’s always been hard for me to watch those Seniors cry over leaving their dads in the fall (I‘ll admit, I‘ve had tears in my eyes a few times), and every year my own speech ominously grows closer and closer to the present. I seriously cannot fathom how this past Father-Daughter Dance was the last time I’ll watch older girls giving their speeches; next year, it’s my turn. As much as all of our dads have joked about “taking notes” during the speeches and giving a good cry while we’re up there, I know my tears will all be real, and I hope I make my dad proud next year.
All in all, it was such a great time! My friends and I danced the night away. During the final slow dance with my dad, I stood on his feet like I did when I was little, despite my lofty 5‘2“. It was a truly great night and I’m so thankful for being able to have it.
- Katie Grant '14
I’ve been to quite a few Father-Daughter Dances in grade school, and they were all nice and fun, but Villa’s Father-Daughter Dance definitely was a better experience for me!
I got to eat, dance, goof off, dress up, and take weird pictures with my dad and all of my friends. I was surprised by how outgoing I was, because typically I’m a wallflower at dances, but I felt confident with my newfound Villa friends to do terrible dances and sing the lyrics to pop and rap songs that I didn’t even know too well. (We was poppin’ tags and Harlem shakin it up, dawg….yeah, pop and rap music aren’t my thing.) I would have never been able to do that before, but since I’m at Villa now, I’ve met so many great people who are accepting of me, and we all had a great time!
My friends weren’t the only good part of the night. I also loved the goofy pictures that we took, the delicious food that we ate, and being able to celebrate that my dad and I love each other. I was touched by the speeches that the Seniors made for their dad’s, and I pictured myself up there in four years with my dad, talking about how great he is. I can already name so many qualities about my dad that show that he’s a phenomenal man, and one of them is the fact that he is happy to send me to a great school like Villa. Villa understands that our dads are important in our lives, so I’m glad that there is an event each year that celebrates the amazing fathers that we in the student body have. I’m excited to attend the next three Father-Daughter Dances at Villa with him!
- Lori Gallagher '16