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The Value of Homecoming for Students

Oneonta fans cheer at the game with the school band.

Homecoming is one of the best times of the school year. The crisp fall air is here and your campus is buzzing with students, alumni, and family all looking to enjoy what the school has to offer. There isn’t a better time to feel more connected to your school. If you’re a current student then you are right at the center of all the action. This is your time to get up, grab your friends and experience your school’s rich traditions. In order to truly understand the value of homecoming, you have to actually partake in it! Here are some things you can do to make your student experience at homecoming a memory you won’t forget.

  1. Go Tailgating – Almost every school has some type of tailgating “party” before the actual football game. This is the time when students, families, and fans gather by the stadium to socialize with food and festivities. It’s also an excellent time to meet people from around campus who you may not have known before and also get pumped up for the game!
  2. Attend the GameCheer your team on! The game is the highlight of the weekend, and what everyone has been waiting for. It’s the prime bonding moment for current students, alumni, and mascots to come together and show their school pride.
  3. Participate in Homecoming Activities – Get out of your shell! If you have never gone to any campus planned events yet, Homecoming is absolutely the time to do so. In addition to the big game, SUNY campuses have loads of fun activities, such as a bonfire at Binghamton University, Ghost Tours at SUNY Plattsburgh, Mr. and Miss Oneonta Pageant at SUNY Oneonta, Lip Synching contest at SUNY Old Westbury, and much more. There’s sure to be an event that interests you and your friends at your homecoming.
  4. Make Memories that Last – Sure you are a student now, but you won’t be one forever. One day you’ll be like the many alumni who populate the campus at Homecoming to see how their school has changed and reminisce about the good old days. So cherish it now and make the most of your weekend celebration so when it’s your turn to return campus, you have unique stories to share with the new students.
  5. Networking – Of course this is another big part of Homecoming, getting to network with prominent alumni. However we’ll discuss this in a later post, so stay tuned for that!

What are you looking forward to at your campus homecoming weekend? Share with us on Twitter and Facebook!

Atiba Archibald

Written by Atiba Archibald

Atiba was an intern with SUNY's Office of New Media, who became a University at Albany graduate in English with a minor in Communications.

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