Homecoming is a special time in both high school and college. However, the two are extremely different and students experience the two completely differently as well.
Homecoming in high school involved lots of prep for a pep rally, last minute running around and trying to memorize cheer routines, football plays, chants, and school spirit permeates. The biggest highlight is the homecoming football game and the infamous homecoming dance.
In college, school spirit is seen on campus everyday and chant wars cover sororities and fraternities as well as through various clubs. However, the best part of homecoming in college is having family members come visit and alumni coming back to watch sporting events and participate in other activities that are all over the campus. Family makes their first trip back up to campus and seeing family and friends come to visit makes seeing them all the more special and a great reason to show off your school.
The main point of homecoming in any university or high school is to have students come back to remember their time. More collegiate alumni come back to retrace their steps, visit old students, and reconnect with old professors.
No matter if you are celebrating your last homecoming in high school or you first in college, coming together and spreading school spirit and love makes all the work and effort worth it in the end.
My name is Maria Torres, but I go by my nickname Mari. I am 18 years old and I am a freshman at Fontbonne University. I was born and raised in Kansas City. I am majoring in Communications. I have two younger sisters. My sister Gabi is in middle school and I have another sister Sofi, who is a sophomore in high school. I also have two dogs who are both Chihuahuas. Even though I am only about 4 hours away from home, I still get a little homesick now and then. I feel so much better knowing that I have met a supportive community of students and faculty here at Fontbonne!
At a Kansas City Royals game with my family!
This past summer I was an intern through Bank of America Student Leaders. Through the internship, I worked with a non-profit called Youth Volunteer Corps in Kansas City. This awesome non-profit encouraged youth to give back to their communities through volunteering. I loved to see the youth become so happy after they finished a service project. Also through the internship, I traveled to Washington D.C. along with over 200 young people from across the country. In Washington D.C. we discussed how we can make a difference in our government, not only locally, but nationally too. It was a surreal experience to be surrounded by so many diverse people from all around the country. I met some lifelong friends through the internship.
With my fellow Kansas City Bank of America Student Leader interns in Washington D.C.!
I am very excited to start this blog during my freshman year. Feel free to give me a follow on my social media, I follow back!
I am excited to return to Fontbonne. I can’t wait for all the events that are planned for this year. FAB decided to have less events in the future so that they can be bigger. The sibz weekend is very different and it is oriented towards the whole family instead of just siblings. We will also have some movie nights where we have the entire theatre reserved just for us. We also have the annual fall festival and dueling pianos. My course schedule will be different this year. Unfortunately I have class all 5 days a week, however, I am doing an internship with lifework systems. I can do all of the work online. I also was hired for another job. I am going to be a FLIT member and working with Vinny.
However, I am not quite ready to return yet, I still have fun things to do this summer. I want to see the new Ice Age movie and Bad Moms. A friend and I plan on going to Grant’s farm and hopefully Incredible Pizza. It is also my parents’ 25th anniversary. I plan on making them a sand castle cake made of edible sand, teddy grahams, and waffle cones. I will use vanilla wafers and candy pearls to make oysters.
Room 316 has served as the residential hub for most of the summer residents this far. Before it became a residential hub, it was just a normal apartment on the third floor of the Fine Arts building, also known as Southwest. A little over a month ago, I moved into this apartment with the expectation of just living here and living out my summer RA duties and working in the Department of Leadership Education and Student Activities (name will be changed shortly). Shortly after Griffin 101 training all of those “expectations” soon changed when practically all of my friends (whom are Griffin 101 Leaders) were constantly in my room day after day. Night after night we got to know each other more and within a matter of days we became the best of friends!
Kicking off summer ’16 the six of us; Gabe, Beth, Marki, Jordyn, Stania, and myself, have gone out to the many festivals that St. Louis has to offer and also enjoyed each other’s company. Recently, we have started making family dinners in the kitchen for more of a homier feel. Before we would just go out all of the time but then we realized that is costing us big time so we stopped that real quick. The first dinner was made by yours truly. On the menu that day was chicken nuggets, mac & cheese, and mashed potatoes. The following day Beth whipped up spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, and a delicious Caesar salad. Who knew a home cooked meal could be just as filling as going out to eat?! Long before room 316 started making “30 minute meals,” Marki Miller in room 321 was cooking up a storm. One night she made her infamous Tuna Helper. Marki also added mixed vegtables to make it more of a heartier meal. The following week, she made chicken, mac & cheese with broccoli, and a delicious side Caesar spinach salad. It was literally the best meal ever.
When we’re not having a luxurious meal, we are either watching Netflix or dancing in the main lobby of Southwest. All seven of us live our lives just like any other college student. There is never a dull moment when we’re all together. Stop by room 316 anytime before July 30th.