A Ballroom Dance Team Exists On My Campus, So I Joined It

A Ballroom Dance Team Exists On My Campus, So I Joined It

Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing, Cha Cha, Paso Doble, Viennese Waltz, Rumba, Mambo, Jive, Quick Step, Samba, Bolero, Tango


Growing up I did dance, and I was obsessed. I took every single class that I could and I even competed. I was at my studio every single day, I dreamed of putting a ballet barre in my bedroom. I'm honestly hoping that my future husband lets me have a dance studio in our house. But anyway, life got busy and I had more important things to focus on than dancing, like school and getting into college. So sometime in high school I stopped. I was super bummed and I wish I didn't but i knew I had to.

Fast forward to the Fall 2017, it was first semester and at the student activities fair was the ballroom dance team table. Of course I went over there, I was looking for it to be honest. I had friends who did it and absolutely loved it, so naturally I had to give it a try. Unfortunately it wasn't going to work out for me, and I didn't want to join second semester in the middle of the school year.

So I waited, I waited until this semester to join. When I joined, I was welcomed by the most amazing group of people ever! Honestly, no joke the ballroom team has the kindest, sweetest, caring, funniest, and coolest people around. Everyone was super welcoming and non judgmental and I knew from there I was going to love it.

As the weeks and practices went on, the entire ballroom team of new comers quickly became friends with each other and with the upper level dancers. Honestly, the ballroom team is one big happy family.

Everyone on the ballroom team supports one an other. We joke around and laugh a bunch. We cheer each other on and that's honestly one of the best parts of the competition is watching your teammates get callbacks and receive ribbons. We make a ton of memories, from the long and early bus rides to competitions to all of our crazy pictures.

Oh, and anyone who knows me, or has been around me since going ballroom, knows that I now try to get everyone to Waltz and Foxtrot with me. Sorry not sorry, they're my favorite dances.

The ballroom team brought back one of the most important things in my life, dance. It even brought back competitions, and let me tell you at the our most recent competition, which was Brown University's competition, it was beyond amazing. The entire atmosphere of the competition was warm and welcoming, much like Rhode Island College's ballroom team. Although it is a very tough and long competition, I feel as though my partner Tom and I danced well. I mean like look at this picture that was taken!

Vanessa Coelho

Because of ballroom, I now have another skill in life, I have something to look forward to, I have made a tons a friends, and I have people I can run to whenever I need to.

Although I do have a LONG ballroom dance road ahead of me, I'm very glad and grateful that I get to dance through the journey with some of the most amazing people.

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Let's Talk More About Lori Laughlin Facing Up To 20 Years In Prison When Brock Turner Got 6 Months

And he was released three months early for 'good behavior'... after sexually assaulting an unconscious girl behind a dumpster.


To start, Lori Laughlin messed up royally, and I don't condone her actions.

If you live under a rock and are unaware of what happened to the "Full House" star, here's the tea:

Lori Laughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli — and like 50 other celebrity parents — were found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, and paid a $1 million bail on conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and honest services fraud. You don't need to know what these mean except that she paid $500,000 to get her two daughters, Bella and Olivia Jade Giannulli.

I know you're wondering why they did it — tbh I am too — however, these parents paid the University of Southern California to give admission to her daughters in through the rowing team on campus, despite neither one of them actually playing the sport ever in their life.

Yeah, Aunt Becky messed up and should face punishment, but why is she facing up 20 years when men like Brock Turner are sentenced only six months for raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster at Stanford?

I hate to bring up the gender card, but I'm pulling it: Why is Lori Laughlin — a woman who with bad judgement who used money to give an upper-hand to her entitled daughters — face more prison time than a man who willingly raped a woman who wasn't in a right state of mine (or any at all!) behind a dumpster of all places.

The answer? Because the system is a mess.

Yeah, Aunt Becky paid for her daughters to get into a school, giving disadvantages to students actually deserving and wanting to attend a college. Her act was immoral, and ultimately selfish, but it doesn't even compare to what Brock Turner did, and it doesn't even effect others as much his rape survivor.

The most that will happen to the Giannulli girls is an expulsion and a temporary poor reputation, however, Emily Doe (the alias of the survivor) will feel the consequences of the attack forever.

There should have been a switch:

Lori Laughlin and the Target guy should have had to pay other students tuition/student debt while facing prison time, while Brock Turner should have had to face over 20 years with more consequences.

But, that'll never happen because our system sucks and society is rigged. I guess our society would prefer a rapist walking around more so a woman who made a poor choice by paying for her daughters to go to a college.

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