All I Want for Christmas is… to Spend Time with Friends

J.T Henderson

I had always heard that your time in college is when you’ll have the most amount of free time that you will ever have during the rest of your life. I was definitely looking forward to this “free time” coming to college myself. Most Transy students have four classes per semester, which is about 12 hours of class each week. When you’re not in class, of course there are always other things that you should be doing; such as homework, papers, meetings, practices, rehearsals, and the list goes on. This is where your time management responsibilities should come into play; although sometimes this can be a challenge. However, this sometimes can also lead to the most memorable experiences, like it did in my case.

Transy’s Delta Sigma Phi Beta Mu chapter created the extremely popular and hilarious lip dub of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” at the beginning of the semester. Two of my Delta Sigma Phi pledge brothers, Ben Wagner and Dane Ritter, decided that a great way to strengthen our pledge class bond would be to do our own, timely lip dub video that would allow everyone to have a great laugh and relax for 5 minutes during finals week. This led to one of the most enjoyable activities I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of during my first semester- making a holiday lip dub video of one of the most popular, holiday songs – the one and only – Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You!” We wanted to make our video really good and more importantly, have a great time doing it. We also thought choosing this song would be a great idea because 2014 is the twentieth anniversary year of the song.

J.T All I want for Christmas

A photo of us rehearsing the last scene of the video

Making the video was so much fun! We spent most of the Saturday getting decorations and decorating one of the residence halls. We then filmed a few takes of the video in about an hour on Sunday. Ben and Dane had the video uploaded by lunch the next day and it began spreading all across campus and the web! It was quite the challenge finishing up our finals with all the attention we were getting because of the video. However; we all managed to finish the semester strong by completing all of our final exams, papers, and assignments since at Transy, our first priority is academic achievement. Spending time with some of the best friends I have made at Transy right before winter break was absolutely necessary and fantastic! I hope that everyone has a relaxing break spent with those who matter the most. If you have a chance to check out the video, I promise it’ll get you in the holiday mood! Happy Holidays!