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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Sorry, not sorry.


Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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Thank You & I'm Sorry: An Open Letter To My Parents

You can wait for college and honestly, so can I.


Dear parents,

I don't want to grow up either. I want to always be your little girl and I always want to have you take care of me. I wish I could stop time because I feel it too, I'm growing up too fast.

I don't want to buy my own groceries and take care of myself when I'm sick, but I also can't wait to grow up to fulfill my dreams and give you grandkids. I can say I'm so grateful for you a thousand times every second but that still wouldn't amount to love and support you've given me. You've done everything for my brother and me, even if you don't think we notice, we do.

I remember being that 13-year-old girl that couldn't wait to be an adult and go to college and now that it is actually happening in a few short months I want to stop and go back. I want to apologize for every fight about me growing up too fast to tell you, you were right.

Dad, I'm sorry for going out with all those guys. You were right, they were dumb and a waste of my time. Thank you for being there to mend my first broken heart and offering to kick their ass. The first man I loved in my life was you and I know I can always count on you for the endless love back.

Mom, you're my rock. You've had my back countless times and I know you always will. Thank you for being the best shoulder to cry on and always telling me the truth. You've been by my side when I'm at worst and my best. I love you always!

I just want you to know, you did a great job raising me. I am healthy and I am happy and it all because of you. I could never ask for better parents because I already have the best.

I love you.

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