This past week was Homecoming 2014 here at The Ohio State University. It shouldn’t surprise anyone when I say that Ohio State went all out. I still have yet to walk onto a campus where the student body has the same energy and passion that for their school as Buckeyes do. While in the past two years, I have celebrated Homecoming like most students – go to the football game, cheer on our team to a win, and sing Carmen with 100,000+ students and alumni – this year I was a little more involved with it.
As a member of the Major Campus Events Committee, I got to be a part of the 2014 Homecoming Parade. The three co-chairs for the Parade did a phenomenal job planning and executing such a massive event, and I’m so proud of all of them. However, my favorite part of the Parade wasn’t the actual event. The night before, I watched one of my ideas come to life in the form of Brutus Buckeye. For two hours, I got to walk around campus with Brutus and hand out promotional items for the parade. Brutus’s presence is indescribable; people get so excited and he brings a smile to everyone’s faces. It was heartwarming watching the joy that he brought to everyone we passed, and that event is definitely one of the highlights of my collegiate career thus far.
Secondly, this year one of my favorite people was on Homecoming Court. Will was someone I never expected to be friends with but he somehow managed to put up with me all of last year well enough to name me committee member of the year for our OUAB committee. He’s just as sassy as me when he wants to be, and he’s definitely the only person I know who can get away with using Ryan Lochte’s signature catchphrase “JEAH” on a regular basis besides Lochte himself. Our Skyline adventures with Adam (when he actually decides to join us) are some of my favorite memories from my sophomore year, and I don’t know how I’m going to entertain myself next year during OUAB meetings when I can’t send you creepy snapchats of yourself. Will, you’re someone I look up to and I cannot wait to see what you’ve got ahead of you. You’re going to do big things. #JEAH