Having missed out more than one and a half year in of university life in Manchester, coming back to this beautiful city was extremely exciting for me. Since I left Manchester last year, the place felt very familiar yet fresh as if I have come back to a home I haven’t visited for ages.
Starting third year
As I was walking down Oxford Road, all the memories of my first year experience slowly floated back up, including days spent in my lovely accommodation, Whitworth Park Hall of Residence. Even though this is my third year and my academic performance this year greatly determines my future prospect, I decided that I was still going to make the most out of my last year in university and follow the motto of ‘work hard, play hard’.
This is the first time I celebrated Halloween in Manchester because first year I had a football match the next morning so I skipped the celebrations and second year I simply wasn’t in Manchester. To celebrate, I decided to make my own pumpkin this year. From a young age, I have always seen handmade pumpkins in movies or in someone else’s home; however, I have never made my own pumpkin. By the time I got to the supermarket all the pumpkins were already sold out, fortunately there was one pumpkin left in the carrot basket as someone must have misplaced the pumpkin. To carve the pumpkin, I first had to cut the top of it in order to take away all the pulp inside the pumpkin. Afterwards, I started carving the eyes, the nose and at last the mouth. Even thought it was extremely difficult to carve everything with a kitchen knife, finally I managed to carve my own pumpkin! Whilst it was hard work, I found it really rewarding when I saw the finished product and I am sure this will become a new tradition for me from now on!
After the pumpkin carving, my friends and I decided to go to a Halloween clubbing event held in Gorilla. This clubbing event was particularly special because one of the DJ’s who performed is actually ranked as a top 100 EDM DJ. I first went to my friends place to get my makeup done; even though I didn’t dress up as anything, the bloody makeup sure helps me fit right in the Halloween vibe! The clubbing event afterwards was an absolute blast as well as I experienced a full night of EDM music, I certainly cannot remember the last time my ears and legs were this sore though! Overall, I think this year’s Halloween is definitely one I will remember for years to come, and it definitely reminded me about the importance of spending festivals with people you love!