Decorating a Homecoming parade float or practicing a lip sync routine might not be your first thought when you imagine college life, but consider the possibilities.
Visiting campus in the fall during Homecoming week (September 30-October 5) can give you a good sense of campus life at Concord University, a small (under 3,000) public university in West Virginia. Plan ahead, and find where you can fit into the schedule of events – many are open to the public.
Some fun goes on each day of the week. (Think picnics, costume photo booths, live bands, fireworks.) Thursday night the homecoming parade winds through the little town of Athens and lands in CU’s “Valley” for a bonfire. Student body, alumni, football team and cheerleaders gather at the bonfire for a huge outdoor pep rally. (The Valley, a flat grassy area with sand volleyball courts, located down a slope behind the student center, is a natural place for outdoor gatherings like the bonfire.)
On Friday, in the Alumni Career Symposiums, you can hear from alumni about their careers and how they were prepared at CU. If you’re interested in a specific major you could hear from an alum in that field and listen to the thoughts and questions of students.
Friday night’s lip sync competition is a Homecoming tradition that packs the gymnasium with spectators. Each year the SGA chooses a theme for the week – Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Disney, nationalities, decades – and each student organization works with an element of the theme. (Picture a “Cinderella” parade float for a Disney theme.) Clubs get points that help determine which group’s candidates become Homecoming king and queen. The royalty are announced during Saturday’s football game.
If you have tickets, by all means attend the game. If not, just walk around during pre-game tailgating. Alumni and student groups will be there sharing stories and memories.
Two annual spring events offer a similar glimpse into campus spirit. Spring Fling week features fun in the form of T-shirt give-aways,
picnics and stand-up comedians. Greek Week’s fraternity and sorority competitions culminate in the Greek Sing, which, like Homecoming’s lip sync contest, fills the gym.
Whenever you visit CU, even if it’s not for a special event, pay attention to what a smaller school with an intimate, community-focused campus feels like and consider whether that’s for you.
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