Now that the first round of midterms are (kind of) over, I found myself a little sick of school. As a friend so eloquently put it: “It feels like a year of school has gone by, but it’s only been, like, two months.” It’s not really stress or anxiety per se. It’s more of the feeling of being completely engrained in my schoolwork for the last few weeks. I’m at the point where I can’t even watch a TV show without thinking about the public health implications or the ethical concerns surrounding it.
So, when I decided to help out the club I’m involved in with the 21 Sussex Halloween Open House, I didn’t really know what to expect. I went to the event expecting to complete this task like any other item on my to-do list. But, I HAD SO MUCH FUN! 21 Sussex was essentially turned into a giant Halloween party, where all the clubs with offices in the building had open doors, food and activities for students!
It involved a few of my favourite things:
There was cupcake decorating and free pizza for me to enjoy. Also, many of the clubs (including ours!!) had free candy to give out. TRICK OR TREATING FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS. HUZZAH.
I got to spend some time just hanging out with some of my team members, and meeting a lot of new people. I even got to do what I do best while hanging out in our office: SELF PROMO! (For my club, that is.)
To make the event even better, there were activities happening everywhere as well! I got to test out my artistic abilities while decorating some spooky fall cupcakes. Our club even collaborated with UT Fold for an origami workshop! I’m not going to lie though; I accepted defeat after only two tries when making the origami skeleton hand.
At the end of the night, the leaders of the clubs were still hanging around, so it was a great chance to meet some more new people! After cleanup, there were some left over veggies (it’s Halloween, duh), so I even got to take home two bags of baby carrots! It was the win of the night!
I returned to the impending midterms and papers in high spirits (ghost pun not intended). Was it because I got to take my mind off of school for a bit? Or was it because of the baby carrots? I guess it’s a Halloween mystery.
How have you taken your mind off of school, U of T? Let me know down in the comments!