This past weekend was Homecoming! It’s always such a celebratory time. However, as someone on the Campus Activities Board (CAB), it generally means a busy weekend as well. Because Homecoming is such a big event at Amherst, CAB puts on a lot of events surrounding that weekend.
On Friday night, there is a huge bonfire event with multiple student group performances hyping up the crowd. This year, we gave our black Amherst long-sleeves, which really got everyone excited for the game and the tailgate!
Here is a picture of the bonfire courtesy of my friend Aleks! Isn’t it amazing?
Saturday’s football game was a little different this year. Usually, the game starts in the afternoon and ends around 4pm. Because we wanted to show off our newly-built stadium lights, the game ended up being a night game that started at 4pm. For CAB, we have our own tailgate and tent where we grill and have free beads and sunglasses to give away. This year, we still grilled but because of the declining temperature in the evening, it was so cold that our grill did not get as hot as we would have liked!
The game itself was great! Every homecoming, we alternate between playing Williams and Wesleyan. We played our nemesis, Williams, and WON!!!!! Because of our win, we held an undefeated streak (8-0) and thus, were named NESCAC Champions!
Apart from all the activities and festivities, my favorite part of homecoming was seeing all the alumni come back and my newly graduated friends. An alum from my high school and Amherst actually invited me to dinner at the Lord Jeff on Friday night before the game. Not only was the great AMAZING, catching up with him was such an eye-opening experience too. I love talking to alums because they always are so kind and gracious because of the fond memories they have of the place. At the game, I also ran into multiple ’14 grads that I had missed. They are working in the real world now and hearing their stories after graduating always makes me scared for the future. But I think as long as I try hard in school, with their guidance, I will be ok!
At Amherst, we have such a strong alumni network. As I’ve said before, they’re so generous with their time and energy. A huge portion of the endowment and financial aid has been through their support. We’ve so fortunate at Amherst to be surrounded by people who still care about the school even if they’ve left more than 30 years ago!
Even though, the weekend was fun. I should probably get back to doing work….I haven’t done much and I should start writing my anthropology paper and studying for my economics quiz….
I’ll talk to you guys later! As always, if you have any questions, don’t be afraid to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org