In this blog today I would like to share with you an experience from attending one of the craziest student events in Lappeenranta. It wasall happening during that time of the year, when freshmen started to appear at the university campus to begin their thorny path in the beginning of September. As another study year was about to kick off, all of the students, both novice and experienced, were trying to make up for the time and freedom they didn’t take advantage during the summer. These early days of September are like grasps of fresh air before university routine makes you short of it. I think I shall further abstain from these pessimistic portrayals, because it is a celebration experience that I am going to share with you, and not a mournful one.
As older students know very well, beginning of autumn and appearance of new students on the campus means an approaching Freshmen Race. Those willing to participate, have to gather their own team of four to six student and dress into some themed costumes. The format of this event is a station game, in which teams have to run a ridiculously amusing and absurdly funny route extending all over the center of Lappeenranta city. And if they haven’t quit along the way, they cross the finish line. The winner is the one who comes in first with the highest score earned at all the stations attended. But really, all of the teams who finish can consider themselves winners. Preferable dress codes for this year were Pokémon and 90’s, but you can wear whatever you think will make the evening even more fun. Here are some of the outfits that teams had this year:
The two teams above should have been given some extra points for following the theme of the event and dressing up properly!
Using a map, you will guide yourself through the hurdles. Be careful, as you might heave with laughter and not make it to the finish line!
On your way to the finish line, you will have to show your excellent dancing skills.
How about playing baseball with a fish?
Participating in some drinking games? For sure it is a “virällinen rasti” (official station) :D
aaand some more dancing :)
Right after the drinking game, you will be asked to demonstrate your golf skills J
Or how about riding a bull? I don’t think anyone made it to the end.
Or singing? and many more...
Sure enough, all of these people had lots of fun, and have stocked up some positive emotions for the school year ahead. When the game was over and the winner was determined, everyone headed to the local club to continue the fun.
If you are crazy enough, you should definitely participate in this event.
This is all for today.
Have a nice weekend and see you soonJ