My family always had a tradition of making our own costumes for Halloween, but in high school I decided to try something more ambitious. For my first “real” cosplay I decided on Aayla Secura. Aayla Secura was my favorite jedi to play as in Star Wars Battlefront II and I was heartbroken to see her die so unceremoniously in Episode III. This was an extremely challenging and fun cosplay. It was my first time researching materials and constructing something with craft foam. I had to figure out how to paint the head tails and myself. And how to get the dang thing to stay on my head comfortably. All in all, my efforts won me my school’s costume contest and impressed a lot of people! I’d really love to do something ambitious like this again.