Maybe it’s just because Homecoming was a big deal at my high school, or maybe it’s because it was the first big event I got involved in on campus. Either way, Homecoming is without a doubt what I look forward to every fall semester. Each year Homecoming is put on by the Campus Activities Council (CAC) and events begin early September and last until the middle of October and the whole campus gets to be a part of it. Not only is it a fast way to get involved in clubs and organizations, but it’s also an easy way to show off your creative and artistic side.

Any group, from campus ministries to Greek life to heritage clubs, gets an opportunity to design and construct many different objects to represent their depiction of the overall theme for OU that year. This year the theme is “Let the Games Begin, Sooners Take the Win!” It is video and board game based and students are able to make floats, banners, or boards to be displayed on the South Oval the week of Homecoming; groups even participate in Pep Rally dances! It may seem silly, but the competition is intense. The tension rises the week of homecoming as students make last minute touches to their projects, stay up all night to create the perfect float for the parade, and strive to raise the most money in the Homecoming Hold Up to support the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN).

Yes, not only is it fun and games (literally), but it also impacts the surrounding community as well.  Homecoming Hold Up is the main philanthropic event put on by CAC and organizations do their best to raise as much money as they can to support CMN. During the week there is also a blood drive put on by the Red Cross. Neither of these events gets you more “points” to help your organization get the title of the Homecoming Champion, but they are still the most important and students here always work hard to give back to their community.

Needless to say, Homecoming is an exciting, rivalry filled, fun event in the fall that anyone and everyone can (and should) get involved in. It’s one of the easiest ways to meet new people as a freshman here at OU, and it’s the best way to show off your skills from high school that you thought would be long forgotten.

Happy Homecoming,

Casey Jo Smith
Bixby, OK
Health and Exercise Science/ Pre Physical Therapy
Class of 2015

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