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Family Weekend from a student perspective

October 6, 2017

It just so happened that this past weekend was also my two siblings’ high school homecoming, meaning my family would be pretty occupied at home and more than likely not have the opportunity to spend Family Weekend with their first college kid. Ouch. I mean, I know my parents have three kids and they have to spread the attention evenly, but I thought that the oldest was the most important?

I guess I’m still a little bit of a priority because my dad skipped out on Unity High School’s homecoming to spend Saturday with me. I got a text from him on Thursday saying, “Aren’t you excited to see me?” and although I replied with a sarcastic “Of coooourse,” I couldn’t deny the excitement in knowing I was going to get to see family.

When my dad arrived on Sunday morning, he hugged me tightly with his signature grin that unfailingly portrays a combination of pride and joy. I could tell there was no place he’d rather be.

Almost immediately, my dad asked where the food was so we ventured off to the cookout. ASAP put on a great cookout with awesome food and fun activities for family members of all ages; we were both thoroughly impressed. While at the cookout and wandering around campus, my dad continued to compliment the beauty of the grounds and facilities, and I could tell that it made him happy to know I am at such a great school.

The highlight of Family Weekend: Monmouth versus Lawrence. While it wasn’t the best matchup to watch, we’re Hildebrands, and Hildebrands love football. We enjoyed every minute of sweating in the sun to watch the Scots shut out the Vikings. After the game, my dad even got to meet the boyfriend (Did I forget to mention that I was freaking out about that?). All went well and before I knew it, my dad and I were wrapping up the day with dinner at Sully’s.

It’s funny how before I moved to Monmouth, I just wanted to get away from my parents, and now that I’m here, I can’t wait to see them. Family Weekend came and went quicker than the blink of an eye, but it’s memory that we’ll always have. Cherish the moments you spend with family, and appreciate your parents in every way you can. They miss you just as much as you miss them.

Emma Hildebrand
Contributing Writer

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