Written by Cara Eaton
You may have heard the rumors, or known a friend of a friend who’s in the course, but yes there is currently a Dungeons and Dragons class running at Brock University.
Now you may jump to conclusions and ask why? What could be learned for a semester long D&D dungeon? As a communications student I am quick to defend the class, not only as a study in fandom and audiences, but also one of fantasy and creative narratives.
However, although valuable and applicable to my degree I feel I’ve also gained something unexpected from the course. I feel like I’ve begun to challenge the difference between fantasy and reality. Which as a graduating student is something I probably should have had a grip on by now—so let me explain further.
How many of the roles we currently play, whether it’s a as a student, TA, community member or any other category you place yourself in are real and how many are fantasy? Many would say they play real, logical roles everyday.
For example, yes I am Canadian, and yes I do study at Brock University. However how much are nationalities and student stereotypes real, and how much are they fantasy roles we’ve been taught? What would have happened if my parents raised me to be an Orc vengeful blacksmith, who was yet to be convinced that Orcs could NOT exist?
For 17 years I’ve been playing the role of student and now reflecting on my up and coming alumni status I wonder what role I’ll play next. So many graduates feel like they must get a job, gain experience in their work field, or apply for a further degree. This D&D class has reminded me that these are not the only role options in my game.
Take the advantage of graduating and go on an adventure—whether its in another country, city, or in a basement with your Blue Box D&D set. I challenge students to look at this summer as an opportunity to take on a different role and to consider what makes fantasy so different from our everyday roles?
Perhaps you too may find you’ve got a lot more fantasy in your life than you thought and that you’re ready for more in the times to come.