I have a weekend trip planned to head back to James Madison University, where I went to college. And anyone who has heard me talk about it in the past few weeks knows how excited I am.
It’ll be a fun combination of meeting up with a close friend, seeing “The Hunger Games” and heading to an a cappella concert later that night. But most of all, I’m headed home.
We have a lot of Penn State grads in the office, so I hear quite a bit about State College hangouts and the rampant football pride. I pretend to be annoyed, but I’ll be honest: I love JMU with the same ridiculous passion.
That’s not to say I had an easy four years, academically or socially. I had meetings with my senior thesis adviser seven days a week — and then twice a day — as my deadline got closer. I switched roommates (and apartments) for each of the four years as friendships changed.
But I also had a lot of fun, and thinking about returning to the Quad and eating the crepes that became an instant favorite on campus makes me giddy with anticipation.
Regardless of whether you’ve been an alum for two years or 20, do you still get excited about going back to your college or university? Any traditions you still adhere to? Share your story in a comment below.