So, it snowed in Boston, I have to pre-register for my spring semester courses and I adjusted my watch so that I am now eight hours behind Kenya- my home. All of these are indicators that this semester has just gone by so fast! I can hardly believe it and I definitely wasn’t ready! Anyway, regardless of this unsettling feeling, like most Amherst Students, nothing stopped me from ushering in November in style. Halloween weekend was fantastic for various reasons. I guess for me, it was really cool to see the various ways in which students at Amherst celebrated Halloween.
Halloween is a great holiday if you like dressing up, and oh yeah, many Amherst students love dressing up! It was quite unfortunate that I couldn’t immediately recognize most of the costumes (blame it on cultural differences), but either way I could definitely appreciate the time and effort put into the process. I don’t celebrate or rather acknowledge Halloween so I didn’t really partake in the dressing up but I did do some sort of survey of what people were up to that night. Here’s what most Amherst students were up to that night.
Fireside-fellowship: The Christian fellowship had its Friday night fellowship by the fireplace in Stearns dormitory. It was a great time of fun, fellowship and swallowship (basically sharing a meal. Never use this word in an essay!) We played telephone charades, sang some worship songs, spent time in prayer and ate delicious snacks. It was a different but absolutely amazing way to spend a Friday night.
Trick-or-treat: The first year resident counsellors organized a trick-or-treat event on the quad. I think we made most of our residents happy. I mean who doesn’t like candy on a cold Halloween night! This is just one of the cool things residential life does to make the students feel at home and foster a community on campus.
Hampshire Halloween: This is probably the most psyched up event of the season. It’s basically a Halloween party organized by Hampshire College that attracts students from all the five college. It is always a good opportunity to do something fun with friends and meet other students from the five colleges in an informal setting. Just imagine students dancing in halloween costumes… Quite a sight to behold!
Dorm-parties: This Halloween, Newport and Valentine dormitories were the halls to be. The members of the dormitories decided to throw Halloween themed parties that offered students an opportunity to have fun with their fellow schoolmates, dance to some pretty cool music, eat some good food and bid October goodbye!
While this “survey” might not cover every student in the school, I think it is a glimpse into Amherst’s social scene. My Friday night wandering made me appreciate the great diversity that we have in this school that can be seen even from just the way people celebrate a holiday such as Halloween. I think it is such an assurance to know that students can find their place in a community that at first seemed quite foreign.