It’s that time of year again when the invites start flying out for Annual Ball celebrations! If you aren’t at university yet, or if you’re in first year, you might not be fully aware of what an Annual Ball includes, so it would make sense to clarify that first!
Annual Balls are usually organised by societies or schools at university, and they involve a big formal celebration of the end of the academic year (in March usually to avoid exams!). Society balls are often open to everyone, whereas school balls are usually only for students who belong in that school. They are usually a very formal event with a fancy meal and maybe a ceilidh, and sometimes end in a night out!
Now, because of the formality of these events, they are often quite expensive. So I’m here to help you evaluate whether or not it’s worth going to a ball this season!
Firstly, it’s definitely not a necessity to attend a ball, so don’t worry if you can’t quite afford it as it is quite a bit more expensive than your ordinary night out! If you do still want to go though, try saving up for a couple of months beforehand as that will be a huge help when it comes to buying your ticket.
Next, you might want to think about who you would go with. If you want to take your partner, you should check first that everyone is welcome and they don’t have to be studying your course, for example, just so you aren’t let down! Another option is to go with a group of friends. If you have a good group going make sure to let the society or school know that you want to sit with them for your meal and you’ll have a wonderful night together!
Thirdly, think about what you’re paying for. Usually, there is a three course meal included in the price of your ticket. Think what you would be happy to pay for a three course meal, and add that to any of the other entertainment or additions to the ticket price before you decide whether or not the event is worth it. This would be a fantastic time for me to plug my own society’s ball, so here it goes: the History Society Annual Ball is on Tuesday 19th March at Apex Hotel, Dundee. Tickets are £40 and this includes a three course meal, a drink on arrival, and a ceilidh. (Please give the history society page a message if you’re interested!) This, of course, I’d say is worth the money!!
Finally, I hope if you do attend any Annual Balls this season that you have a fantastic time with your favourite people, and as always I would fully recommend getting involved in plenty of society and school events!