Athens, OH 9 October 2016 –
This weekend marked my final homecoming as a senior at Ohio University. In past years, homecoming week has meant a crazy flurry of preparation because I was a member of the Marching 110 and homecoming is our most exciting show of the season. I am not participating in the band this year because I have a class conflict, but I was lucky enough to be able to take part in the alumni band for the first time, which was an incredible experience in itself.
My oldest sister, Rachel, is an Ohio University and Marching 110 alumna, and she visited this weekend to march with the alumni band and experience my last homecoming with me.
Rachel and I were both a part of the trombone section, as were many of her friends who also came to Athens for the weekend.
Although missing my senior season is bittersweet, I could not have asked for a better weekend to introduce me to the world of the alumni band. From playing duck-duck-goose with the child of my sister’s friend on the attack cat in Peden, to learning the entire halftime dance in 15 minutes, to eating Goodfellas pizza and playing games in the lobby of the Hampton Inn, I made memories that I will never forget.
Being a part of the Marching 110 means that I have become a part of a group with so much pride and history. To march in the parade alongside both my same-aged friends and 70+ year old alumni is such an honor.
Every year, people come back to Athens for homecoming in celebration of the formative years that they spent here. I feel so lucky to have spent my college years in a community which allowed me to grow so much as a person, and although the thought that I, too, will be graduating and moving on in the spring is daunting, I can’t wait until I can come back next year for homecoming as an alumna.