It seems unlikely that a school as small and unconventional as Cooper would host something as cheesy as a school dance. Nevertheless, Feb Ceb serves as the closest model of a prom that Cooper has to offer. After four years at Cooper, it’s never before dawned on me to question why our prom would be hosted during February, of all months, and why February Celebration even broke down into “Feb Ceb” in the first place. Perhaps it’s Cooper’s homage to Valentine’s Day or just the best time to have a prom, before school gets too crazy with school. Regardless, there’s something simple and warm about the entire night. College can have a really strong maturing effect on students, which in most cases is one of its most valuable qualities. Taking a night to dress up in your best, eat some quality food, and dance for hours with your friends somehow reminds us of how great college life really is.
Since this was my fourth and final Feb Ceb, I suppose I had a stronger attachment to the entire night. Feb Ceb this year started just like any other night, getting ready at our apartment with our friends and heading over to the Great Hall, walking through the streets in our suits and dresses. However, by the end of the night, things felt very different. At the end of the night, the DJ dedicated the last song to the graduating class of 2014. The underclassmen cleared the dance floor, and the Seniors took over. The remainder of the night was filled with tight hugs and some tears shed here and there. Even though graduation was months away, and the semester had just started, it was not the least bit surprising that every single Senior immediately became aware of how little time we all had left to share with each other. Regardless, it didn’t stop us from making the most of the night and certainly won’t stop us from making the most of this year.
- Michael, Civil Engineering (‘14)