When I was a college freshman, I had no idea what the big deal was with homecoming. I had never been to a homecoming, nor had I seen anything about homecoming, all I knew about it was that it had something to do with alumni and people were really excited for it. After the first one came and went, I couldn’t wait for the next one. If you are about to experience this magical day for the first time, get ready because you are about to have the most fun you can imagine.
Homecoming is considered by many to be the biggest event of the year at any given University. It gives a chance for alumni to come back to reunite with old friends and see how much campus may have changed. It also helps alumni re-connect with the university and any organization they were a part of when they were undergrads such as: fraternities, sororities, honors societies, clubs, and campus activism groups.
I love getting to meet all of the alumni and listening to them tell interesting and hilarious stories about when they were undergrads. Often times there is a tailgate early in the morning where all the local student organizations set up stations for alumni to visit and share a few beers and burgers with students. Then there is generally a homecoming football game which will typically bring in the biggest audience of the year.
Many people tie drinking to homecoming, but you don’t have to drink to participate and have fun. In fact, I didn’t drink at all at my first tailgate. I simply stood around and talked to people and ate the cheap yet delicious hot dogs we were grilling.
Simply being in the raging atmosphere fueled by school spirit and pride is intoxicating enough to make the moment one of the most memorable in your time as a college student, and hopefully again when you come back as an alumni.