On Wednesday October 17th, 2018 was the first day of homecoming. Well the first, after the president of St. Cloud changed, and was brought back by President Wacker.
My first official third month here, since stepping on to the soil of American grounds, and I get to experience one of the biggest Modern American culture, Homecoming.
As an International student who has only seen and heard about America and their culture through TV or from Snapchat, this was a surreal moment for me.
I don’t really know what Homecoming is, nor do I understand it, but it was an experience to be part of and experience this culture.
The weather was absolutely beautiful, although it was windy, the sun was bright and the skies were clear. The Homecoming fair started from noon until 3pm, but continued from 7pm until 11pm. I had never seen a Ferris wheel that was portable before, I had only seen them through TV, and it was a very scary moment. They had a stall where you could stuff your own Husky, and stall where you got free food, and this was just during the day! The exciting things came through at night. They no longer had the sutff-your-own-husky, but they did have a bouncy castle, a mini golf station, a mocktail bar, the Ferris wheel, and they brought their dogs to this event too. But, this wasn’t the highlight of my night. I met a Golden Retriever, her name’s Zoe, and she’s 10 years old, and she was the most outgoing, people-loving, and friendliest dog I ever met. So I was busy petting her and sharing my love, when the owner asks for my name.
She asks, “What is your name?”
I replied, “My name’s Sue!”
Zoe’s owner replies back, “Sue? Nice to meet you. I’m President Wacker.”
Boom! Mic drop! I literally screamed on the spot because I got to meet the President of my school! That was really the highlight of my night. It was honestly so much better than meeting a celebrity. Safe to say my reaction did cause some attention, but I don’t care, I just got to meet the President of my School! I can scream all I want.
Meeting President Wacker in person was THE highlight of the night. Remember the Ferris Wheel? Yeah, I had to sign a waiver to ride a Ferris Wheel. Never in my life would I fear for my life by riding a Ferris Wheel. I was very very confused. Why did I have to sign a waiver to ride a Ferris Wheel? And I really didn’t feel safe at all, the seats were rocking back and forth too much, and I swear one of the seats above us were rocking too much it could have ALMOST hit the two girls who were sitting in front of me. Talk about a Final Destination movie moment right there.
Apart from the life-threatening Ferris Wheel, the first day of Homecoming fair of 2018 I think was a huge success. They made amazing foods, mocktails, stuff-your-own-husky, they brought in a Ferris Wheel, which in on its own was pretty cool, and I GOT TO MEET THE PRESIDENT OF MY SCHOOL! (and yes I did underline and bold this part, because this part IS and WAS important)
SCSU you never fail to disappoint!