On Wednesday, October 13h, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) hosted Late Night Karaoke. The event was held as a way to unwind and have fun after midterm week. Raelyn Henderson, President of SWE says, “I felt that everyone needed a stress relief after midterms and what better way to relieve stress than by using a universal language: music.”
Karaoke participants were greeted with refreshments before heading into the event. The first song of the night was Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass”. The energetic song was performed by a dynamic duo, who set the standard for the night. Following their performance was a rendition of “Ice Ice Baby.” Their performance caught everyone by surprise as they flawlessly executed the almost 4 minute long song.
The night was full of supportive members and uplifting chants, showing the strong bond that SWE shares. Dailynn Thomas, President of the National Society of Black Engineers exclaimed, “I think the best part of this event was being able to connect with students outside of a professional or school related event.” She also shared that students work hard so they should also be playing hard to make sure that they do not lose their social selves to their curriculum, advice that was passed down from her mother.
With a diverse song list, ranging from Lady Gaga to Soul for Real, there was a song for everyone to sing along to. However, the song that had everyone singing their heart out was “Need You Bad” by Jasmine Sullivan performed by Raelyn Henderson. Next, everyone was on their feet dancing to “Essence” by Wiz Kid performed by Ki’Anna Davis and Keshyra Barber.
Although some people were hesitant to perform, the women of SWE made everyone comfortable and encouraged them to go up and to just have fun with it. Dondy Dorlus took the audience across the world and performed a popular Haitian song. Michael Falodun, took them back in time with the hit song “She’s A Bad Mama Jama”.
Karaoke night was not only a way to unwind and relax but also a way to network and build connections. Victoria Rencher, SWE Treasurer states, “It is important to attend events like this because they get to interact and meet new people that are in their field that could help them advance in their career.”
As the night came to a close, it seemed as if no one wanted it to end. Henderson says, “I hope students were able to enjoy their time and were able to forget about the stress of school for a minute. All to re-energize and hit the ground running even harder in these courses.”
Despite the event ending, students were able to relieve stress, entertain each other, and prepare for the rest of the semester. Students can find more information and more events hosted by SWE on their instagram, @subr.swe.