Frosh Week

uoftToday is the last day of Frosh week at U of T. I just watched the parade shut down traffic along Bloor. I took some photos I'll share tonight.

During my first year of university at the University of Toronto, I made a point to skip Frosh week entirely. I went out of my way to miss the entire event. I didn't participate in the scavenger hunt, I didn't attend movie night and I didn't join in the parade. It wasn't my bag.

Looking back, I wonder if things would have been different had it been my bag or had I made it my bag. What if I was social? What if I participated in school events? What if I cared about such things?

Imagine all the downtown drivers I could have pissed off!

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Frosh week in 1976 was probably different than you can recollect. The scavenger hunt was great - teams of 4 people to get a list of 10 items & 2 or 3 unusual items & finsh at Centre Island. You were not allowed to spend any money - including getting to the Island.
Most teams bribed RUBBIES on Yonge St. for their stash to get across with the promise of $$ when finished & used this person as UNUSUAL item.
I went a different route & lied to get across (Family Emergency) with a complete telephone from a phone booth. Our team won for most unusual item & came in 2nd overall - $50 each.
A day I will never forget & probably the highlight of my days at UofT. Graduated in 1979 with a learning experience worthwhile to all students.

September 8, 2006 @ 7:04 PM

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