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It perhaps won’t come as much of a surprise that Halloween is one of my favourite times of year. An event I enjoy really getting my teeth into. But in between hanging up the cobwebs and carving pumpkins I’ve been considering the similarities between Halloween and coming to University and surprisingly, there are quite a few…
Halloween is all about being scared and leaving the security of secondary school, your friends and in most cases your home, is scary. No question. But it’s also hugely exciting, thrilling even! And while you’re at uni (and for the rest of your life) you will have lots of opportunity to ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’ as the adage goes, to come out of your comfort zone, chase your dreams and challenge yourself and you will find it exhilarating.
At Halloween you get to dress up as whoever you want, it’s a chance to experiment, to try out new things and have a laugh in the process. When you come to university you also get a chance to try new things, lots of new things in fact. From making new friends and living away from home, to learning about new subjects and joining clubs and societies. Abertay even has its own Juggling Society and most recently a ‘Cupcakes and Baking’ Society has joined the fold.
Consciously or unconsciously, you will change during your time at University. You humans are influenced by everything around you and with many of you joining university at the tender age of 18.. well, you’ve still got a lot of growing to do. Living away from home will bring independence and your confidence will grow through making new friends and finding out what you are good at. As you learn and experience new things you will change as a person and be carving out your own identity – so why not try a few different ones while you are at it? See what fits best.
Fun and games
A number of Halloween games have transcended the ages. Mostly they centre on using your ingenuity to get the prize or predicting your future. I don’t believe that our futures can be predicted (certainly not by apple peels) but certainly how hard you work at uni and how much you take advantage of the opportunities available to you will make a huge impact on your prospects both professionally and personally. It’s about using these tools to get the future that you want.
What about bobbing for apples – sticking your head (and teeth!) in, taking the biggest bite you can and seeing what you come up with – perhaps this is not a bad analogy for finding your way in life ?! And lastly a FBM favourite – eating sticky buns with your arms tied behind your back. I’d liken this to learning to use whichever technique works best for you, accepting that sometimes life is messy and that you may occasionally have to deal with set backs on your journey – but you’ll have a jolly good time getting there.
Happy Halloween everybody!!! : D
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