Last Friday night, I helped chaperone Kappa Phi’s semiformal. The girls dressed up, brought dates, and went to dinner before. The night was themed “masquerade.” They danced to top 40 and hip-hop songs, and they all had a blast!
The night was full of adventures for me, per usual. Some of the women invited me to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. When I arrived, I could not quite put my finger on why I felt awkward. Halfway through dinner, it hit me; I did not have a date! In college, I was the girl who brought a date and provided three or more guys as dates for my friends. And now I was sitting at the head of the table, dateless, feeling like a mother… gross.
When we arrived at the venue, I greeted the policemen who were working the event and one asked me, “If you are a chaperone, does that make you a senior?” I sadly frowned and told him that I had graduated and am old now.
As the night progressed, the advisors/chaperones sat together and talked about some of our past social events. Reminiscing about old times, I realized that it was not so awful and I should not be so depressed tonight. I had my time – it was a blast, but now it is time to enjoy this new chapter of my life. A part of being a consultant is struggling between our own experience and helping improve the chapter we are working with. Last night taught me to embrace the present and that I can still be a dancing queen. Maybe not at a sorority semiformal, but in my career and other stages of my life.