One of the best things about my course is how informal things are with the lecturers and supervisors. Things are more relaxed at the MBA, you can have a lot more fun together. Last week was the MBA Halloween Quiz and it was a great laugh. Everyone is invited, from the Chairman of the MBA right down to the little Masters students, and we all get dressed up. The fancy dress at the MBA quiz wasn’t the same as standard fancy dress for Halloween though, it’s spooky outfits with a marine twist.
Some of my course mates and I decided to go as something absolutely terrifying - plastic pollution! A really simple outfit actually, we all dressed in blue and then taped half of our recycling bin to ourselves. Some of my friends even went on a special beach clean to retrieve plastic directly from our beaches. Those pieces were a little bit smelly but more authentic.
There were lots of brilliant outfits worn that night. It was wonderful to see how some people had gone to the extreme with their outfits and had some truly great ideas, whilst others were more comfortable in simpler outfits. There wasn’t any pressure to dress up but it was wonderful fun to give it a go.
We were horrendous at the quiz and actually came in last place, but it was so much fun that we didn’t care. There were a variety of rounds, not just question rounds but weird rounds like passing balloons round with your knees, and passing a ball of string through your costume. It’s a lot more difficult than it sounds!
We did manage to win the pumpkin carving contest though, we did a fantastic carving (if I may so myself) of an angler fish. Luckily we had brought along some duct tape that we’d used on our costume, and we used that to make the lure that dangles in front of the fish’s mouth. There were some really spectacular carvings of jellyfish, cuttlefish and sharks as well. It’s amazing how many things can be linked back to the marine world.
A wonderful finish to the quiz was the delicious pumpkin soup they served up with roasted pumpkin seeds on top.
It was an amazing night, made even better by the late night trip to the pub afterwards…