Recap: Dress Up Days

The Alumni Association invited students to take part in Defender Dress Up Days. Students competed for a chance to win an iPad and other prizes. The iPad winner was Dordt College senior Chris Bylsma, an agriculture: missions major from Brookfield, Wisconsin. Here's his take on Dress Up Days.

Q: Please explain how the contest worked.

A: First, I had to dress up and take a picture of myself. On Tuesday, we dressed up like it was 1955—I didn’t know what to do, so I Googled pictures of people in the ’50s. I also took a picture of myself on Thursday, which was Dress Like Your Major day. I’m an ag major, and I was pumped to have an excuse to wear my overalls (’vralls, as I call ’em) to class.

Then the kind people in the public relations office posted the photos they received to Facebook, and people voted for their favorite by “liking” the picture. I don’t know how, but I got over 100 likes on each photo, which was enough to get me into the tournament on Friday night. I ran out after my choir concert ended, changed into my ’vralls, and made it to the tournament. I was really excited! I really wanted the iPad because I’m extremely technologically inept for a 22-year-old man.

Q: Do you have any funny stories that happened while dressed up for theme days?

A: Well, I don’t usually put photos of myself with no shirt on the Internet, but a friend had just shaved my back and the girls couldn’t keep their hands off my soft back. I got my first girlfriend last week! Just kidding! But I did get some weird looks wearing my ’vralls. I don’t understand why people think that ’vralls are so weird. They’re actually extremely comfortable, and you don’t have to worry about your pants falling down.

Q: What was going through your mind during the final Rock, Paper, Scissors match?

A: I remember really enjoying being cheered for and being able to go against a cool guy like Dustin. I was having a blast and was really into it. God bestowed blessings upon me that night, and I was pumped. I remember really wanting to be a good sport after I won and not be a jerk—hopefully I didn’t act like a jerk.

Q: What were your thoughts about the week?

A: I had a blast over the week. I loved looking at the other costumes that were posted on Facebook. It is amazing all the talent that was bursting forth! I especially loved the Dress Like a Prof day—those photos were excellent. It was a fun week and there was a buzz on campus after the rain left on Tuesday. I loved seeing the creative juices flow.