Sunday, November 4, 2012

Coming Home

Homecoming for the University of Central Florida was this weekend and for the first time since 2008 I got to celebrate. Living about 10 minutes from campus really has its advantages.

I did not do my undergrad degree at UCF. That was done at a small state school in Wisconsin where most students commuted to campus for classes and then left. Needless to say, while the education was good, the student experience left a lot to be desired. 

In 2004, after realizing that I chose the wrong major, I came to UCF to get my Masters degree and change my career trajectory. Over the next two years, the education and opportunities I received at UCF did just that. I even met my husband through one of my internships during grad school. Because of this I consider UCF "my school."

The festivities started on Friday when I took a late lunch to take part in one of the coolest homecoming traditions ever—Spirit Splash. It is a very unique pep rally that takes advantage of the fact that November in Central Florida has beautiful weather. In the center of the UCF campus there is a fountain and during Spirit Splash students and others get to play in the fountain. I have never gotten in, but it is fun to see several thousand people in the fountain.

Saturday was gameday. We had gone back and forth about going to the game this year, it has been a busy fall, but a friend of mine offered us tickets, so we couldn't refuse. Since going to the game was a last minute decision, we didn't tailgate, but did hit up the indoor tailgate at the alumni center. We hung out for a bit and ran into a number of people we knew.

We headed to the staduim to make sure to see the pregame festivities. They had some fun things going on outside the stadium, including samples from Mellow Mushroom, one of my favorite places. I also got a chance to hang out with Knighto.

The game was good. UCF kicked some butt and won 42 to 17. We actually left about a third of the way through the fourth quarter. UCF was up by 32 at that point, and if they would have lost, I wouldn't have wanted to see it.

It was great to attend UCF homecoming this year, and I think it will be a tradition now that we are back in Orlando. I felt like i really was coming home.

What do you consider "your school"? Was it the school you attended for  undergrad or somewhere else?