Homecoming week is upon us, and students should make an effort to be involved in the week’s events in addition to attending the football game. Among busy class schedules, extracurricular activities and job schedules, Homecoming is the one week of the year the entire campus is united for a single cause—school spirit.
While having school spirit might not be at the top of every student’s priority list, Homecoming offers a unique opportunity to meet new peers, form lasting friendships and celebrate all that is Texas State. With years of tradition fueling the events, the excitement of the football game, giveaways and alumni involvement, there are plenty of reasons and ways for students to partake in the Homecoming spirit.
The more fans at the football game, the more rewarding the experience. When the football team plays a game in front of a full house, the energy is noticeably increased. Many people use the team’s losses as an excuse not to attend the games, but since the team has a winning record, that excuse is no longer valid. Of all the home games, student should make the most effort to go to Homecoming, so it can be fun for all involved. Cheer, make signs and tailgate before the game to make the experience more enjoyable all around.
Throughout the years, Texas State officials and students have hosted many Homecoming events that have become iconic parts of the university experience. These events include the talent show, soapbox derby, basketball tournament, window painting and more. These events are designed to raise school spirit and inspire a fun, competitive nature among students. Students who have never participated in a Homecoming event in the past should make it a mission to get involved with one of the various activities available this year.
If nothing else convinces students to participate in Homecoming events, the giveaways at the football game should. Many items have been given away this season, such as drawstring bags and ID holders by Wells Fargo at the most recent game.
Most notably, at each game a $1,000 prize is given to a group of five or more students with the most school spirit. According to a Sept. 6 email sent by Texas State , larger groups of students are given higher consideration to receive free items at the game. Gather a group of friends together, deck out in body paint, decorate signs and amp up the team from the stands. A possible $1,000 prize should be reason enough for students to come out to the games and cheer on the Bobcats.
Students should try their best to participate in Homecoming events to feel more connected to Texas State. The events help students gain school spirit and feel pride in their alma mater, which is especially important after graduation. Alumni support is extremely important to Texas State, and Homecoming is the perfect opportunity to bring both recent and older graduates back to San Marcos from far and wide. Additionally, if students feel connected to Texas State, they will be more likely to give back in the future.