This time of year I always get pumped up and excited by the themes, costumes, decorations, football games and scavenger hunts. I'm of course talking about Northern Michigan University's Homecoming.
In high school I always loved homecoming week with all the dress-up days and float decorations. Now that I'm in college, my feelings haven't changed. There's just this feeling in the air all week on campus that's just energetic.
As part of NMU's marching band, The Pride of the North, I'm always more excited for the football game and parade. Despite the mundanity of marching in a parade, I still get to perform. And that's one of the best feelings for me. Seeing all the kids get excited about the band and dancing to our cadences or songs gets me pumped up at ready for the game.
The football game itself is definitely my favorite part NMU's homecoming. As some of you may know, the football program doesn't always draw the biggest crowds - especially compared to the hockey team - but the homecoming game is different.
Everyone seems to come out for the tailgate party to have some fun and then stays for the game. Students come out for that football game more than any and it always draws a large alumni crowd.
Every year for homecoming the marching band does what we call "Script Cats." Basically the band marches to "March Grandioso" and spells out the word "Cats." It's been a homecoming tradition for years and, every four years, alumni marching band members join us on the field for this. This is one of those years.
It's my second year of marching with alumni members. The first time was my freshman year. I was amazed to see how well they could march and play after all those years. One of the members was in his 80s, if I remember correctly. Seeing that they still had the passion for marching band after all those years made me happy.
I feel like homecoming at NMU is unique in the way it gets students involved and the way it gets alumni to relive the days that I'm told I will miss once I graduate.
I'm positive that's true.
This was my last homecoming as an NMU student, but I will always remember all the fun I had during homecoming week.
Editor's note: Northern Michigan University student and Mining Journal Staff Writer Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-228-2500. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.