Typically on the last Saturday in October, I am all excited and living my best life at homecoming. It’s the one time of year I can pretend I’m in college again and reconnect with all my college friends at University of Maryland. But clearly, this year is a little different.

It’s kind of funny, I didn’t go to any of my high school reunions, but it seems like every year I go to homecoming it’s a mini school/college reunion. I get to see all of my classmates and friends, reaching all the way back to college orientation.

Every year homecoming just brings back all the feels. From driving down Route 1, seeing the iconic “M” as I enter the campus, and seeing my old dorm and stomping grounds. Route 1 looks a little different now, to all my Terps, I know we’re still missing Wawa, Santé Fe, and Lupo’s, BUT there’s still Cornerstone! And the reason I go back is to connect with friends, go down good ole memory lane, and to tailgate, of course. And confession, it’s barely about the football game to me…I’ve probably been to two or three of the homecoming games. I am there just for the social aspect (food, drinks, laughter, pictures, and memories).

It’s been 13 years (I know crazy right) since I graduated and shockingly homecoming became more of a big thing for me after I graduated. From decking out in my Maryland gear, tailgating before and through the game, and going back to my relive my college days with all of my friends I made at UMD. To my fellow Terps…hang in there hopefully there will be some normalcy next year. To all my readers who are feeling the absence of homecoming…I sympathize with you, let’s all stay safe and healthy, and hopefully, we’ll have the homecomings we once had soon.

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