“I really need to clean my mod”
“I should probably put some books on my desk”
“Yes! I’m desperate for some grocery money…”
All of these thoughts, amongst others, have crossed our minds over the past week in preparation for parents weekend. It’s senior year and we are all getting sentimental with our “lasts” before we leave BC–our LAST move-in day, our LAST football game, our LAST Marathon Monday and our LAST parents weekend. While many of you reading this are probably already becoming consumed with angst and anxiety from that last sentence and are probably already boycotting reading the rest of this post, I promise that this is not the overall theme of my article. We all look forward for the free dinners, drinks and cleaning services that we are graced with as our parents travel from all over the country to come and make sure we are alive and healthy. Parents weekend brings about many emotions–as well as pictures. Pictures, pictures, pictures. All of our newfeeds become engulfed with pictures of students with their parents. As social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram become more and more popular, we are seeing an overwhelming increase of these pictures. It has almost become a competition amongst students to post the best “family” and “parents” pics during this weekend. Unlike my mom who has an Instagram because she’s trying to stay young and “hip” (her words, not mine.), I am sure most parents don’t even have a social media presence. Therefore, it is confirmed that these posts are purely for our own publicity and popularity more so than it is out of love and appreciation (although I’m gonna say that BC students are awesome and we do it for publicity AND appreciation).
Social media has become such a part of parents weekend and it was blatantly obvious this past weekend as I passed by seniors snap chatting their parents in the mods and trying to take a perfect picture inside the stadium (clearly for proof that they actually went inside the game and didn’t just use football as an excuse to tailgate). I even noticed myself getting caught up in the hype of it all. It started to make me wonder if social media was enhancing or diminishing our LAST parents weekend experience–Spending more time on your phone posting pictures with your parents than actually spending time with them, spending more time looking at other people’s posts to compare with yours than actually meeting your roommates’ parents, spending more time thinking about the picture you’re going to take than actually watching the football game with mom and dad, etc. What about the students who aren’t fortunate enough to have their parents visit for the weekend? This constant reminder on social media, everywhere they look, probably isn’t a great feeling. Is the social media craze taking away from the parents weekend experience? Or are we just sharing our great memories with ma and pop? I’ll let you be the judge. On a lighter note, here are 8 classic parents weekend posts to help you decide.
- The re-creation post: Boston College students love Boston College. We are a school of many legacy families who like to carry on the BC tradition. Many of these families (including my own) start the BC brainwashing young by bringing their children to all of the BC sporting events. It is always fun for parents to re-create pictures from the game from when their children were young to see how much they have changed (or haven’t).
2. The surrogate family: We all have those friends and roommates that get “adopted” on parents weekend. Maybe your parents are too far away or maybe they had some conflicts with the dates, but one reason or another they just couldn’t make it out to Boston for parents weekend. In my case, it just happens to be that I love my roommate’s parents so much, I asked if she would share them with me for the weekend.
3. The family shotgun: Now this one really is a classic. Parents love this picture almost as much as their kids because it brings them back to their glory college days. Every parent loves to try and live vicariously through their children for this weekend (until they get embarrassed when they lose to their professional 21 year old). Beers up! Ready, set, go!
4. The roomies and parents pic: This is definitely a parent favorite. Whether you have been friends with them since freshmen year or just since you met them when you were studying abroad last year, your roommates are some of your favorite people. There is nothing more special than capturing these moments all together as a group with all of your roommates and all of the parents.
5. The “I’m an orphan” pic: Some students like to embrace the fact that they are on their own for parents weekend by getting together with all of their other “orphan” friends and taking a group picture playfully begging for adoption. While most of these post I have seen have been on Snapchat and adding them to this post would run the risk of them receiving a notification that I creepily screenshotted their “orphan” picture, this picture was found on Facebook with “orphan” friends.
6. The freshmen –> senior pic: Through thick and thin, through good times and bad, you have made it through all four years. You have been with this person since the first week of freshmen year and although there may have been plenty of bumps along the way, you can’t imagine your college experience without them. In this very special case, our dads were actually roommates at BC as well (can you say Kodak moment??).
7. The stadium pic: Alumni stadium is full of greats. The football team, the band, Baldwin the eagle and more, are all picture worthy backdrops for the famous stadium pic. The key to this picture is making sure to get the full stands in the background to show everyone that BC is awesome and their football games are an absolutely MUST to attend. Also, lucky when our football team pulls out a win for the parents! (side note: Congrats to BC football team for going 3-1 so far!)
8. The “my family goes harder than your family” pic: Now here is my personal favorite…there are many different variations of this picture. Some families take jello shots together, some families like to funnel through the ever-so-clean college bongzilla funnels, and some like to chug champagne. As seniors, it is our job to try and corrupt our parents and bring them back to their college days. My mom may not drink a lot but she will certainly pose for a picture, pretending that she does so I can show her off to my friends (thanks mom, you rock.).
Did I miss any?? Comment below to let me know which moments I missed as well as your favorite parents weekend moment!