Being raised in the SEC, football has always been an important part of my life. It’s a time of the year where my family comes together once a week to eat wings and celebrate our teams’ victories. So when I came to USC, I wasn’t quite sure of what to expect. But whatever my expectations were, they were completely blown away by the vibrance of USC’s campus on a game day. On game days, campus is full of excitement and noise from sunrise until the game ends (with a USC victory, of course). And no day quite embodies the thrill of being part of the Trojan Family like homecoming.


Fighting on with my sister!

Technically, in college, homecoming week is a normal game, with extra events throughout the week and on game day. The alumni association holds a large tailgate, and more alumni are present than usual. Campus organizations hold formal events and tailgates on game day, and the group of people on campus is always really diverse and exciting. I’m really looking forward to attending the Civil Engineering tailgate on Saturday, as well as events with social fraternities throughout the week such as dinner, movie nights, and brunch before the game.

My first game!

Throwback to my first game as a Trojan!

But what homecoming really represents in college, at least to me, is the Trojan Family.  It’s a group of people, united by a university, caring about each other, laughing and barbecuing in the fall sunshine.  It’s a time to make new friends, to talk to alumni and hear their stories of how USC used to be. And every single one of those alumni reminds me of how lucky I am to be a part of this family. So here’s to another great homecoming!

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Civil and Environmental Engineering, Class of 2016, Learn more on her profile here!