notes from the dorm

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 November, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 November, 2010, 12:00am

The Halloween weekend came and went and my university did not disappoint. It had a range of activities, including dances, trips to mazes and 'trick or eating' dorm parties.

My friends and I had been looking forward to this event for weeks as we slowly got through the midterms.

I was the most prepared, buying my costume three months in advance during the summer. While I was in Tokyo I vowed to buy a Lolita costume.

Over the years, I had seen so many variations of this romantic style of costume and was intent on going all out this year.

However, I forgot to take into account that people in Canada do not speak 'Asian' so explaining my costume was quite a challenge.

Most people thought I was dressed as a French maid, otherwise they had no idea.

My favourite interpretation was that I was a Harajuku (Japanese street fashion) girl so I ended up telling everybody that's what I was. It was much simpler to explain.

I love dressing up to go out with my friends.

This weekend, however, we stayed mainly on campus.

Even though I am a 'main campus' student, I still have to get signed in to various residence halls if I want to take part in their activities.

During this weekend, I visited five halls of residence.

On Sunday, I went to Medway-Syndenham Hall for their Halloween dance and met a lot of new people as well as danced in a room filled with neon lights and head-splitting music.

Flashing lights, crowded rooms and pumping bass music have definitely been a part of a fun-filled college life - up to this point at least.

Many people have the wrong idea that college parties are always about alcohol and scandal. I used to be one of those people who were repelled by the idea of attending crazy parties because I did not like getting drunk and doing stupid things.

These things do happen but the point of the dance really is to let loose and let off some post-midterm steam. Whether these events become completely out of control and disorderly is completely up to the individual.

I had one of the most amazing weekends and definitely got to relieve some stress and connect with a lot of people.

I can't wait for Halloween 2011 - I know all sorts of crazy things are bound to happen.