5 Game-Changing Ways to Celebrate College Homecoming Your Freshman Year

Homecoming is approaching, and you must prepare for one of the greatest moments of your life during football season! My last article was specifically for our high school Sweat Sisters who look forward to the bright lights, dresses, and fun music that Homecoming brings. However, for college students, Homecoming isn’t characterized by teen dances. In college, it's a long-lasting experience that's filled with enjoyable events that guarantee excitement and instill a sense of tradition. Keep reading to explore how you can maximize your involvement in your university’s Homecoming!

1. The game 


The football game is one of the most essential parts of Homecoming. If you like football, then the game is mandatory! While in the crowded, yet comfortable student section, represent by displaying your undying school spirit!


2. Tailgate


Tailgates are filled with fans who are also excited about the game just like you. Who knows, you may even create new relationships through your mutual love for your school. Not to mention the food! Free food, usually a potluck style, is available so an expensive stadium meal isn’t necessary. Tailgates are also a great way to enjoy the game when you don't have tickets.


3. Homecoming concert


Ok, so you aren’t into sports? With athletics being a firm no, maybe performing arts captivates you. If that’s the case, attend the Homecoming concert! You could possibly see your idol or expand your musical interests—there’s nothing wrong with adding another song to your playlist!


4. Traditions 


Every school has reoccurring customs connecting every student, professor, and alumni to the university. Participating in these traditions helps heighten your college experience. Whether it’s a blood drive, race, parade or contest, there's something that creates the culture of your university for you to participate in.


5. Alternative events 


As big as the game and concerts are, there's more to Homecoming than football and celebrity performances. Homecoming encompasses all festivities that connect everyone, and those celebrations can include bonfires, parades, Homecoming court, club and organization activities, and philanthropic opportunities. Of course, Homecoming events vary by campus, but if you'd prefer to skip the football game and performances, I guarantee there is something different wherever you are. 

Share your school's unique Homecoming events with us in the comments below!
SOUL REPORTER | Shelby Wingate is a rising senior at Whitefield Academy in Mableton, Georgia. The extremely competitive athlete plays basketball and runs track for her school. While she does love sports, Shelby uses her competitive nature to excel in academics and will apply that same drive when she attends college to major in Journalism or Communications and minor in French.