3 US Events I’m Looking Forward To This Semester

One of the perks of being on your study abroad is that you’re likely to be skipping the exam season after your Christmas holidays. Whilst many of your friends’ souls are being sucked by dreary exams, you’re sitting around thinking about what events you can look forward to next semester. Voila! Here are the top three events that I’m looking forward to experiencing in the United States and how you might be able to experience them right here at home too:

1. The Super Bowl

Now, I’m not a big sports fan but nevertheless, I am still so excited for this year’s Super Bowl! It has definitely become more than just a sports event. It is now a platform of so many iconic popular culture moments, from Janet Jackson’s ‘nipplegate’ to Katy Perry’s ‘left shark’ - even if it you’re not a fan of American football, you will certainly still be drawn to this staple of US culture. The chicken wings, the beers, plus another excuse to have a party: what’s not to love? I’m also happy that I don’t have to stay up until 2 in the morning to see the half-time show. With Coldplay and Beyoncé among the performers lined up this year, let’s just hope they don’t have another blackout!

Now you’re probably thinking, ‘well this is unfair, I want to experience it too!’ Fear not. UoNAF and AmeriCan Society are holding their annual Super Bowl party and, for the first time ever, are hosting it right on your doorstep: in Mooch! For more info on the event follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1755537578007706/ 2. Spring Break

College wouldn’t be complete without this infamous holiday. Spring break is a cultural phenomenon that has often been associated with drinking, students going wild – you get the gist. But these festivities aren’t something we haven’t all already experienced. It’s just the Easter holidays after all! It’s not so much the wild parties portrayed by films such as Spring Breakers that I’m looking forward to, more the time that I’ll have to travel to another part of America and fulfil my wanderlust.3. Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is celebrated on Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday and refers to the Carnival celebrations signalling the beginning of Lent. The event is most popularly associated with New Orleans in the United States, but NYC is also throwing some fairly big parties. Jazz music performances, masquerade balls – it might be the closest thing to Gossip Girl you’ll find. This is even an event that you can hold yourself by simply having a themed party, or you can just stick with the good ol’ tradition of Shrove Tuesday and stuff yourself with pancakes!

Edited by Tia Ralhan

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