Hosted in the basement of Commons Annex, the MSDO sponsored an UnLearn 365 party with food, dancing and fun. Out of all the UnLearn 365 events, this one was the one I was looking forward to the least. First off, I cannot dance. I am, quite possibly, one of the most uncoordinated people you will ever meet. Second of all, I’m somewhat hard of hearing. After working at a birthday party place throughout the majority of my high school career, I’m surprised I can still hear at all. Loud music makes it impossible for me to have a conversation with anyone around me, and I'm not one to sit and say nothing at all.
However, this is UnLearn 365, and it’s about more than just unlearning my natural prejudices. As Pastor Ranaivoson stated at chapel on Wednesday, it’s about learning to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. So I left at 7:46, feeling awkward and unprepared.
Upon entering the party, I immediately walked straight over to the friend that is always there for me: food. I loaded my plate with taco fixings, a delicious Native American flat bread and a Capri-sun. I walked over to the tables and conversed with the people around me.
As I was eating, I ran into a friend of mine, an international student from Ghana. We began catching up, and she somehow managed to drag me onto the dance floor. I stood there awkwardly, unsure if I should begin to flail my arms around or bust out my signature “Dad” moves. However, before I could begin my embarrassing attempted, she announced, “Gurlll, I’m going to teach you how Africans dance.” She proceeded to whip out amazing moves and walk through them with me step by step. Other girls began to join, wanting to learn these moves. Though I am still a terrible dancer, it was fun to attempt to dance in a style different from my own. Though I was initially reluctant, I left the kick-off party happy and proud that I branched out of my comfort zone to try new things.