The refrigerator was stocked, and the homework was done, alas everyone had been put to bed and was ready to rest up and wake for the beginning of Harry Potter Homecoming weekend. Of course, if you’re from a high school like I am, you have no idea what homecoming really means.Being from Hollis Brookline High School, smack in the middle of historic farmland, my homecoming was simply a dance. No one that had previously graduated came back, there were no parties, there was no pep rally or hype, and I don’t even remember if we had a homecoming game but just a dance that night. For other towns, their homecoming might have been anything from a huge pep rally with a football game and dance, to not having one at all. For UNH, incoming freshman hear the tales of what happens. Homecoming consists of tailgating at 10 in the morning for the football game with all the alumni, grad students, parents, and even some faculty. There’s a parade, and games, and parties where everyone is enjoying wildcat country.
As an incoming freshman, my friends and I took heed of the warning about how fun this weekend is supposed to be and decided to take advantage. We invited up tons of friends and bought tons of bad snack food for our fridges. We planned out how to arrange air mattresses and walkways in one of our dorm rooms so that we could have one big slumber party. The anticipation for the fun is what has been getting us through the week, and to make the festivities even more exciting is that UNH has dubbed the theme for this homecoming Harry Potter. All week, UNH has been reminding students of the upcoming activities by the Harry Potter theme song following the bell tolls at a certain hour. The Harry Potter games add an even more magical aspect to the idea of a UNH Homecoming (pun intended.)
As for now, we have no idea just how awesome the homecoming weekend will really be at UNH. Even without the themed portion, the tales of upperclassman’s experiences have been enough to set me and my friends on the pathway to embrace it. More to come!