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1. Perfect ‘squad goal’ pictures, complete with matching outfits.

The only way that you were allowed to express your own individuality was through how you decided to cut your t-shirt (you were never planning on wearing it again anyways – right?)



2. Abandon santa hats (RIP my dollar store purchase).

This is what I image they gathered from the floors of all of the bars this morning.  The fate of these beer soaked, sticky and sweaty hats has yet to be determined.

3. Lines and lines to get into lines.

At least it wasn’t nearly as cold as it should have been for December, and you were warm enough to be friendly to other 12 Barz enthusiasts instead of pushing against them for warmth.


4. Some bars that were disappointingly dead …

I would honestly expect more people on the Sunday before exam week. At least it gave the opportunity to embarrassingly dance to Christmas music without the fear that it would end up on the UWO Secrets Facebook page. 

5. … and others that were so full you could hardly move.

It was unclear whether you were seeing red because of the all of the shirts, or ‘seeing red’ because of the girls who kept stepping on your feet with their massive heels, and the guys who were a little too careless with their dollar beers.

6. People giving the best present of all – drunk food.

Some highlights include Smoke’s Poutinerie ChrisKwanKah Poutine, King Richies pizza (a UWO classic), and Molly Bloom’s nachos. All definitely justified as an early Christmas present to your stomach. Bonus points if you bought food for someone else – in the spirit of the holidays, of course.


7. Red lipstick on EVERY girl (and on the faces of some guys).

*girl screaming to her ‘girl squad’* “put on red lipstick too so I can caption my instagram photo with a Taylor Swift quote!”


8. Some pretty elaborate santa outfits.

To be honest,  if I was overheating in a tank top and a skirt, I’m unsure how you survived a whole night in a polyester suit. Its a Christmas miracle that no one got heatstroke.


9. Disgusted faces after some of the shots.

Super strong rum + Rumple Minze + Jägermeister + Goldschlager = liquid death (otherwise known as liquid cocaine). Much like that relative you see over the holidays that insists on kissing you on the lips, taking the shot was the one thing most people dreaded about the evening. Of course, you had to prove you were a champion who was able to complete every single one on the shirt (much to the regret of your hungover self the next morning).


10. Reunions with people you probably haven’t seen in a year.

It could be the person who was on your floor in first year, who you haven’t seen since first year, or the nice girl who gave you notes in that class you never showed up to, or the friend you made in O-week who you never spoke to again but keep up with by watching their snapchat stories, regardless, if you saw them wearing a 12 Barz shirt last night, you probably hugged them for too long, bought them a shot and introduced them as your best friend.


11. Many artistic creations were drawn.

All I can say is that whoever decided to give college kids cheap shots and a marker to wear around their necks is the definition of an evil genius.

12. Hangovers that feel like they might last till christmas. 

Off to McDonalds breakfast you go. Actually, who am I kidding – you’re definitely not waking up that early.





Amanda is a National Intern, Style and Beauty Blogger and a Chapter Advisor for Her Campus. She is doing a double major in criminology and sociology at Western University. She is a proud member of Alpha Gamma Delta - Zeta Chi chapter, and makes 99% of her decisions based off of WWEWD (what would Elle Woods Do?). Follow her on instagram @amanda_h_jones, and listen to her talk about makeup *a bit* more than usual at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_m-7cOzh_oI&t=237s
Kellie Anderson is incredibly proud and excited to be Western Ontario's Campus Correspondent for the 2015-2016 year. She is currently in her fourth year of Media Information & Technoculture, and has an overflowing passion for creative writing. While Kellie loves to get wildly creative while writing fictional short stories, she has found that her true passion is in shedding light towards hard-hitting topics like Mental Illness - she believes that writing is the best healer. Kellie has some pretty BIG plans for her future and can't wait to graduate as a Her Campus Alumni! You can contact her at kellieanderson@hercampus.com.