Sweet Home Alma College

It’s that time of year again…

The leaves are changing colors, pumpkins and apples are on every corner, and the smell of fall is in the air. Fall is my favorite season for a variety of reasons. I love being outside in fall temperatures that encourage cuddling up in warmer clothes. I love football games and apple orchards. I love apple cider.

The "homecoming" of Fall Recruitment - When Ashley decided to be Greek! (Also pictured, Jessica Lawrence '15 and Ashley Esselink ' 15)

The "homecoming" of Fall Recruitment - When Ashley decided to be Greek! (Also pictured, Jessica Lawrence '15 and Ashley Esselink ' 15)

Fall in Alma is something extra special and can be described with one word–Homecoming. The first week of September is a “homecoming” as all students return to campus for another year. Fall recruitment is a homecoming for girls looking to find a home in Greek life. Then the first week of October brings one of my favorite weekends of the fall term… Homecoming weekend.

This year’s Homecoming theme was Sweet Home Alma College. Homecoming weekend is always such a happy time around campus. Alumni return with their families and friends to show off a place they once called home. Scots, past, present and future, come together to celebrate all that it means to be a part of the Alma College community.

Some of the Phi Sigma Sigma sisters and I who walked in the parade (pre-parade)

Some of the Phi Sigma Sigma sisters and I who walked in the parade (pre-parade)

Friday evening, I started off my Homecoming festivities with the percussion ensemble concert. I love going to these concerts and have gone every year. I spent my evening playing card games with friends and guests who were visiting them and campus this weekend. Saturday morning, a popular favorite, the Homecoming parade, took place and I marched along with my sisters from Phi Sigma Sigma. We had a blast chanting and yelling with our Phi Sig spirit! Immediately following the parade were several brunches and picnics and other types of get-togethers all over campus. I spent my time at the Phi Sig alumni brunch and then headed over to the football game.

During the game, I saw so many alumni who had returned for the weekend. It is always great to see bright happy faces that you haven’t seen in a while. I handed out the 2013 yearbooks (which came out beautiful, I might add!) and then watched the unveiling of the new “Scotty” – our Alma College mascot. If you haven’t seen Scotty yet, check him out on Facebook at Scotty at Alma.After that, I watched Jillian Thompson and Michael Reeves get crowned Homecoming Queen and King – adorable! I love it when actual couples are dubbed Homecoming royalty.

A photo I took last weekend when I went to a pumpkin patch.

A photo I took last weekend when I went to a pumpkin patch.

I spent most of Sunday napping off Friday and Saturday. It was cold and rainy and perfect for being lazy. Homecoming weekend is the perfect break to the beginning of the semester, but it also marks the middle of the first semester (just about), which is a little overwhelming but also exciting because that means we’re halfway to a few weeks off for Christmas!

Before we know it fall will be over, trees will be bare and snow will be falling. Get outside and enjoy fall while it’s here. Get a good book and go sit in the leaves, take a trip to Uncle Johns or Anderson and Girls, or carve a pumpkin.

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