by Julia Borst
Homecoming weekend rolled around on a crisp, not-quite autumn day this past Saturday. Campus was filled with the sounds of people of all ages having a good time. Little kids giggled gleefully as they rode down the sidewalks on a miniature train. Alums laughed so hard when they tried to mount the horses that they were bent over at the middle and had tears running down their cheeks. Students got to indulge their inner child with cute little bunnies and other animals.
Everywhere you turned, people were having a great time reliving old memories and creating new ones. Not even the brief surge of rain could ruin anyone's spirits - we all just laughed it off and the rain passed. The football game, which we won 48-0!, was a great end for a perfect day, and I think we all went home with a renewed sense of pride and gratitude that we belong to such a wonderful and vibrant community as Adrian.
Sometimes you would see an older alum just sitting down on one of the numerous benches around campus and taking it all in. It was easy to see that s/he was lost in memories, envisioning past escapades and the moments that shaped them into who they are today.
I absolutely loved the animals (they were pretty much the best part of the day for me), but I was touched by the alums I saw just sitting and reminiscing. It really hit home to me how much of a part AC has played in their lives and how important that role still is to them. It hit me that 50 years from now, I could very well be an alum sitting on a bench in front of Stevens Hall, just staring out at the Quad and remembering. Remembering and reflecting on how my years at AC shaped me and made me who I am (or will be).
I really liked how there was a place for everyone during the Homecoming festivities - from the little kids to the oldest alums, there was something for everyone to do. I know not many people went to the Homecoming chapel service on Sunday, but I think it was a great ending for the weekend. I sang with the Adrian College's Small Women's Ensemble at the service (we were awesome, by the way), and listened to a former student speak. It was truly a great way to bring homecoming weekend to an end, and I think it would've been great if more people had come.
Other than that though, I can't think of anything I would change. Homecoming weekend was pretty much perfect, and I can't think of anything I would rather have been doing than taking part in festivities.