Match Day falls very close to Mardi Gras and the idea came up that our new, in-house graphic designer (me) could make a medallion to string on some beads. And then I learned about Shrinky Dinks.
Each year the med school holds a ceremony where all of the graduating doctors find out where they will be going to do their residencies (called “Match Day”). My department gives its matches swag bags with gifts (t-shirts, mugs, etc).
Shrinky Dinks are awesome! For our purposes, we bought blank pages that we ran through ink-jet printers. Once cut-out, they baked and shrank and we strung them on beads.
It came as no surprise to me that beads are abundant among the locals.