Voices of UCCS: Homecoming Week

8 October 2019

Caitlyn Dieckmann

cdieckma@uccs.edu

Shannon McDonald, sophomore, sociology major with minor in human services.

What do you enjoy most about homecoming? If you don’t enjoy homecoming, why not?

“I don’t interact too much with [homecoming] but I do enjoy just the general energy on campus, getting everyone back into school, getting the energy back up.”

Why do you think it is important to have a homecoming week?

“For returning students coming back into classes, it’s not always the most enjoyable thing, but having all of these activities and stress-relieving things to do during homecoming is helpful.”

Have you ever participated in homecoming at UCCS in the past? If yes, how was it? Did this year’s meet your expectations?

“Not the specific night of homecoming, but the bonfires and movies, yes! I’m only a sophomore, so it’s only my second time, but yeah, so far.”

Why is it important to have traditions in college, or is it even important?

“College can become a new part of [students] lives, so having something to do during their time here makes it more memorable.”

In your opinion, how does UCCS’ community/traditions compare to other universities’?

“I don’t really know a lot about what other colleges do.”

Jake Torrez, sophomore human resources major.

What do you enjoy most about homecoming? If you don’t enjoy homecoming, why not?

“I think the thing I enjoy most is the school spirit. I get to see freshman start to develop that sense of pride for being here at college.”

Why do you think it is important to have a homecoming week?

“Just to develop that pride for your school. While you’re here, you might as well have that pride when you are a student.”

Have you ever participated in homecoming at UCCS in the past? If yes, how was it? Did this year’s meet your expectations?

“I have in the past, and I thought it was great. This year, it is hard to say if it met any of my expectations, only because I wasn’t really able to go to any of the events.”

Why is it important to have traditions in college, or is it even important?

“They create memories that you look back at.”

In your opinion, how does UCCS’ community/traditions compare to other universities’?

“About the same or better than other universities. We are a smaller school, but that just makes us closer as a community.”

Abey Abebe, senior communication major with minor in women’s and ethnic studies.

What do you enjoy most about homecoming? If you don’t enjoy homecoming, why not?

“Usually I enjoy the bonfire. Obviously, it got rained out this year, which is kind of ridiculous, but that’s generally what I enjoy most.”

Why do you think it is important to have a homecoming week?

“I think that when you’re at a big state institution, there is usually the football game, and everyone rallies around it. There is this general week of fun right as the semester is ramping up.”

Have you ever participated in homecoming at UCCS in the past? If yes, how was it? Did this year’s meet your expectations?

“I have participated previously. I did not participate as much this year as I did last year because it is my senior year and I am so busy. I just wish there were more activities going on during the day.”

Why is it important to have traditions in college, or is it even important?

“I think it’s super important. You remember those moments more than you remember a specific class that you took.”

In your opinion, how does UCCS’ community/traditions compare to other universities’?

“We’re weird because we’re a really heavy commuter school, but we are also a state school. We are riding that line where we have traditions but not really.”

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