Whether its a fond memory or something you're eagerly awaiting, odds are you didn't picture a flashmob in your freshman orientation.
Now, it seems that flashmobs, "outbursts of seemingly impromptu dance numbers", are gaining in popularity as a tool for colleges seeking a quick, fun and inexpensive way to boost student spirt.
The video above won Wellesley College a contest on a Boston site for best welcome.
Flashmobs are generally popular to be in or watch and tend mostly to be fun or funny. However, they have been banned before for causing outbreaks of violence like the ones seen in Philadelphia.
For colleges, they are a relatively inexpensive way to promote or highlight student activities and for kids who have grown up "Sharing" what they do, they are a natural way to highlight just how awesome your school is.
There are, however, drawbacks to having them be organized by the same people who hand out dorm assignments. If it becomes a routine performance, a "flashmob" is still a great way to engage students, but is it really a flashmob? Alternatively, once you say "Go!" schools have to remember that they are dealing with large crowds of people, just the sort of thing that campus police usually finds itself having to control at sporting events.
Schools, and their various organizers, should remember that one of the things that make flashmobs so unique is that even hours of preparation lead to a once in a lifetime performance. You did, you were there. Now disperse.
Liked the Wellesley Flashmob? Click below to enjoy a few others.
The Sound of Music. In Antwerp. Do re mi!
Bellydance. Flashmob. What more could I say?
Oprah. BEP. The video might be overproduced, but love that crowd!
No list could be complete, without Lady Gaga: