When I first imagined Homecoming, I thought of dressing up for a themed football game and going to a mediocre school dance. Personally, I didn’t have any opinion of Homecoming because it wasn’t really anything special. However, after getting to experience BSU’s Homecoming this past week, my thoughts have done a complete 180.
I knew that Homecoming at BSU was big, but I have to admit, I was genuinely shocked by how much effort was put into the events. It felt like there was always something to do, and I tried to do as much as possible, even though my professors decided to assign me so. Much. Work.
Don’t worry though, I figured it out!
The first big event I attended was Casino Night. Every direction you turned, there were BSU students enthralled by the card games in front of them. I found myself spending the entire night playing Blackjack. Honestly, I had no idea what I was doing, but so many people were willing to help me learn, even those I had just met that night!
Like bingo and trivia nights, Casino Night had some pretty amazing prizes and I’m fairly jealous of everyone who won a prize (especially the kid who got the apple watch, which if you’re reading this feel free to send it to me! Only if you want to…no pressure).
The next Spirit Week event I went to was the Homecoming Pageant. I can say that without a doubt, you wouldn’t have been able to see something like that anywhere else. The contestants were great, and everyone had spirited costumes and cool talents.
I really must give credit where it’s due, and say that my favorite talent was unequivocally Kyle Imbeau’s, in which they rated the other contestants’ email signatures. I didn’t realize the topic of emails could be so funny until that performance!
The last event before Homecoming was Spirit Night and that too was interesting. I didn’t stay for a long time because it was kinda cold, but they had cool glow-up yard games and music. In addition to the party in University Park, Spirit Night also hosted what was quite possibly the most popular event of the night, the hot air balloon.
I was in line for the balloon, but after an hour my friends and I left, promising ourselves that at some other point in our lives we would get to ride in one, whether or not we believed that to actually be true.
My absolute favorite part of Homecoming week had to be Homecoming Day itself! After I spent the morning hiding from the rain and playing bingo, I was able to meet up with my family and tailgate until the football game started. It was so refreshing to see so many people come together to take part in this school tradition!
Students, alumni, and family. Everyone was interacting with each other, making food for one another and sharing ‘special juice’. Personally, I loved the atmosphere. I would talk about the football game, but I was a little too busy stuffing my face with food from the alumni tent, which was being handed to me through a fence by my parents.
That fenced chicken pesto sandwich really hit different.
Moral of the story, don’t rely on your high school to show you what a college Homecoming is really about. Homecoming at BSU is such a great experience and if you didn’t get involved this year, it’s definitely something you should do next year.
I can assure you that you’ll see me there!