I-rish every day was St. Fratty’s Day at Vanderbilt
Another cultural phenomenon I definitely wasn’t ready for
As an international student from the UK, I have already documented my experience at the rodeo, my horror at the lack of Pancake Day across the pond, and the difficulties I’ve faced navigating the fratosphere.
The crowning jewel of Spring semester partying is St. Fratty’s Day, the Saturday after St. Patrick’s Day which involves as much alcohol as it does green clothing. In other words, way too much. That I survived the day is honestly a miracle, and one I felt was deserving of true Tab style documentation.
Here are a few things I learnt yesterday.
Girls look great in green
On every front porch, of every frat house in Commodore Country, girls in green clothing took over. Different shades of green accented different slogan tees and each pun I saw was worse than the one that came before. Social media was also overwhelmed by the influx of so startling a color.
We posed in groups and individually, we selfie-d with best friends and strangers, we snapchat storied the highs and the lows. We posted them all, too distracted by green punch to bother with editing levels of brightness, or to be even slightly selective with what we were sharing.
SFD means its time to raise the Insta game
St. Fratty’s Day brings out the best and worst in everybody. Am I impressed with Nora’s ‘gram? Hell yes!
Do I also feel a little sad when I remember how long this took her? You bet.
Temporary tattoos are your new best friend
Nora bought 120 temporary tattoos. Nora was everybody’s best friend.
I sham-rocked 5 of Nora’s 120 tattoos on various parts of my body.
Removing them involved lots of strong scotch tape and hot water. Sunday morning was rough.
I know what you’re thinking about day drinking
If you go out at 10am, you’ll definitely be back in time to get a good night sleep, right? Wrong.
The Christian frat, BYX, hosted a sober “Green Rave” which took place in the evening. BYX parties are amazing – girls from my dorm were out until the early hours for a truly spiritual Sunday morning coming down.
I have spent every St. Patty’s Day until now living pretty much on Ireland’s door-step.
Little did I know, the best place to celebrate my Irish heritage was actually all the way across the Atlantic, on an American college campus.
Did you notice I just slipped my Irish heritage in there, like every single person I talked to did, in every single conversation I had yesterday?
Here’s to everyone being “a wee bit Irish”, and to making it through Sunday afternoon.