I Fell Out Of Love With Halloween

I Fell Out Of Love With Halloween

Halloween became just another holiday I observe.
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Halloween is a popular holiday in the United States, where one dresses up in their fanciest or sexiest or most culturally-relevant costumes, and then goes out to party or to leech onto a bunch of candy. Children go out on the streets with their parents, and sometimes older siblings as well. Decorations ranging from spider webs to carved pumpkins hang on buildings and leftover candy scatters the streets.

From when I was young, I was enamored by the holiday. I would frequently dress up as a princess or a fairy for elementary school, and then we’d share candy and do fun activities in elementary school. Since then, I didn’t do much for Halloween but occasionally accompanied my sister while she trick-or-treated and indulged in candy. In high school, the science and language departments would clash with different costume themes, hoping to be the one on top.

This year, I was with Unite UW, in which we dressed up in costumes featuring different themes and carved pumpkins. It was all in good fun as we saw each other’s costumes and we obtained a bunch of Skittles and bubble gum.

Unfortunately, there weren’t any sour Skittles, unlike what’s promoted in the bag. But a startling revelation came about as I got home—I wasn’t having fun with Halloween anymore.

Personally, I’m not a party person, so I never went to any Halloween parties and don’t have any interest in them. I assume it is the same thing it was for every other party every other year, albeit with the spookiness which materializes every year, from frozen “hands” in punch to dancing to Thriller.

For the smaller ones, I imagine watching horror films and telling scary stories while indulging in candy.

Speaking of which, I’m now at the age where I shifted from “trick-or-treating,” which isn’t something I did much as a child, to being the one where I had to hand out candy.

On the one hand, I enjoy seeing the children and giving candy out, with their costumes so nice.

On the other hand, I envy them, and my younger sister, for being able to get free candy for one night, and then exchanging them with their friends.

As for free candy, that’s the one thing I enjoy about Halloween, though with a bit of pain in the process. At the Café on the Ave, they had a jar of saltwater taffies, and I took a handful. Other than the spicy cinnamon and the orange creamsicle flavored ones, flavors which I don’t enjoy on a day-to-day basis, I liked them so much I had another two handfuls of them.

Also, my sister got a green tea Kit Kat and gave it to me for a dollar. While it hurts the teeth, it’s a good beginning towards the food-coma-inducing holidays ahead.

I’ve learned that Halloween was originally a festival marking the end of the harvest, where the nights get longer and the material and spiritual worlds could almost meet. The story intrigues me, especially how for years I wasn’t sure how Halloween formed or why it was celebrated.

That darkness aside, despite the tinge with sugary candies, I would rather fast forward towards the holiday season, with more exams and papers, but with a lot more joy.

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13 Summer Struggles Only Thick Girls Understand

Chafing. So much chafing.

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Summer is a lovely time. A time of cookouts, swimming, and sunny weather. But if you're a " thick girl," summer sometimes brings more unpleasantries than it does for slimmer women. No matter how beautiful and confident you are in your body, it can bring some struggles.

1. The living hell that is shorts-shopping

Step 1: Find the biggest size the store has.

Step 2: (If you can even get those on): Realize your stomach is being squeezed into the top, your butt is falling out of the back and your thighs are having the life squished out of them.

Step 3: Realize why winter isn't so bad.

2. And dealing with them even after finding a pair that "fits"

Nothing like taking a pair of shorts home you remember fitting you okay in the store and then walking for 45 seconds and pulling them out of your butt or crotch 17 times. Truly a magical experience.

3. And every bathing suit you try on shows more skin than you'd planned

Even the most conservative bathing suit turns into cleavage-city and a non-cheeky set of bottoms turns into a thong. I promise, older people glaring at me in my sexual bathing suit, I didn't mean for this to happen!

4. Chafing. So much chafing.

No better feeling than four minutes into wearing short shorts realizing that your inner thighs are literally tearing themselves apart. Body Glide and baby powder are a thick girl's No. 1 necessity.

5. Loving rompers. Rompers not loving you.

Rompers are made with short and skinny girls in mind. Heaven forbid you're not short, and heaven forbid you're not skinny. Rompers are like a mystical article of clothing that, no matter what, always just barely doesn't fit.

6. Imagining wearing a sundress with a strapless bra and just laughing

Of course, not all thick girls are well-endowed in the boob department, but if you are, you understand how hilarious the thought of you wearing a strapless bra truly is.

7. And bralettes are a thing of fantasy

Once again, bralettes are designed for a very specific body type. One that I do not fall into.

8. Feeling like you need to constantly defend yourself for dressing like you want to

There are so many posts and tweets and just general ideals that people have that certain sized women can't wear certain clothing. You shouldn't feel the need to defend yourself for wearing a cute crop top or a bikini, but you will.

9. And always feeling looked at when you're rocking your swimsuit

Yes, I see your judging eyes, and yes, they are making me feel like shit. It doesn't matter how confident you are in your body, people looking at you like you just killed somebody just because you're wearing something typically made for smaller women doesn't make you feel good.

10. Did I mention chafing?

I just felt like something so horrible couldn't just be mentioned once.

11. Online shopping for cute summer outfits and then none of them fitting you correctly

There's always the dreaded "one-size-fits-all" for plus-size women. As if there's just one way to be plus-size. No matter how much they promise online that it'll fit well, it won't.

12. Seeing tiny girls complaining about losing their "summer bodies"

So many tweets talking about choosing food over a summer body. So many profile pictures of traditionally skinny women. I'm not saying that thick girls are the only ones who can complain about their summer bodies, and thick girls do not have a monopoly one not feeling confident in their bodies. But it is hard to see those posts knowing that those women would be glorified in their swimwear while you'd be gawked at.

13. The "you go girl!" comments on your oh-so-brave bikini photos

Compliments are nice, and positive comments while wearing a bikini go a long way. But the dreaded "you go girl" comment just seems so condescending. Just treat me like anyone else you'd see wearing a bikini. I promise, I'd like to feel like that.

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To The Stressed Out College Student, Be Optimistic For Spring Quarter

I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter.

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As a strenuous ten weeks of winter quarter is finally coming to a close, there is no better feeling than to be rewarded with a week of spring break. For most colleges and universities, this period of time is one of excitement and relief, as students approach a summer vacation that begins in May. Yet, for students with schedules revolving around the lovable (and often hatable) quarter system, it feels as though summer is far from our reach.

On a personal note, my previous ten weeks of classes have been bearable at best. I can proudly say that I have been counting down the days until spring break since our winter quarter began in January, though now that the week is finally approaching, I am reminded by the fact that I have yet another ten weeks of school in the near future. Interestingly enough, I have not started the countdown to June 18th quite yet. Instead, I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter that will leave me feeling energized and accomplished as I enter into a fresh summer.

I believe that the spring quarter withholds a sense of refreshment and newfound energy in comparison to that of fall and winter. Though students on the quarter system will end classes later than others, there is something to be said for spending days on campus when the warm weather finally breaks. Time seems to pass faster than it did in the dark and ominous weeks of winter quarter, and everyone seems to have a more positive attitude - as we can all see that vacation is approaching.

To the stressed out college student, be optimistic for spring quarter. Though tests and finals will still be ever-present, the completion of another ten weeks of classes is excellent motivation to achieve success and reward yourself within the coming months.

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