Wednesday, October 2, 2013

College Homecoming Weekend

It does not seem like it could have been 20 years since my college graduation. Truly, it seems like only yesterday that I was in college. This past weekend, I visited Bethany College, my alma mater, for Homecoming Weekend. It's wonderful to remember the good times that I had at school and I enjoy seeing old friends.

If you're wondering, yes, I really did go to Bethany College and I am named Bethany. I'm a 3rd generation legacy because my mother and great-grandfather went to school there. My great-grandfather graduated in 1912 and I still have his pin from graduation. So special! I'm the oldest grandchild in the family and was named after the school. I always knew that I would go to school there!

The 4 hour drive to campus is a glimpse at early fall in the mountains. The weekend is timed perfectly. The first place I wanted to visit was the dormitory where I lived during my freshman and senior years. Phillips Hall is a gorgeous all-women dormitory and even has a resident ghost. The beautiful building is steps away from Old Main where the majority of classes are held. My commute to class was a 2 minute walk.


Bethany College is a small liberal arts school. When I was there, I had very small classes, especially in my major. In some instances, there were classes of 6 or 7 students. Almost all of my classes were held in this complex of buildings called Old Main.


As a special treat, we were treated to a tour of the Old Main tower. When I was in school, stories and urban legends circulated from time to time about some mischievous students who snuck into the bell tower. Luckily, our visit was completely sanctioned; the history teacher who led us up the tower encouraged me to sign my name on the walls of the watch keeper's room.


The view from the cat walk at the top of the tower was spectacular!



Another stop on our tour of the campus was my old sorority, Phi Mu. Although the building still looks the same and splashes of pink are everywhere, sadly the dynamic and personality of the house has shifted dramatically since I was there. I suppose that these things happen from decade to decade, but it's still a little disappointing. 


In the afternoon we enjoyed a delicious lunch in the alumni tent while watching the football team celebrate a winning game. Then it was off to the President's house for a reception. Our night was complete with a visit to the college bar, aptly named Bubba's. It's difficult to see, but I'm wearing Lilly Pulitzer's Beckett dress in Tropez Blue.


The weekend was such a fun dose of friendship and nostalgia. Spending time with old friends is such a special treat. There's nothing like picking things up just where they were when you last saw people. My friend Mara and I have so much in common and her daughter and my daughters would surely get along fabulously. They like the same things and they participate in similar activities. What they say is true, the apple does not fall far from the tree! 

Have you gone to a college or high school reunion lately? What was your experience like?

3 comments:

  1. What a pretty campus! The last college reunion I went to was my 20th and it was so much fun. My 30th high school reunion was just a couple weeks ago and I didn't attend. I saw photos posted online and I think I made a good choice in not going! There were lots of classmates there that I didn't even know and of the group I hung out with only a handful attended and they were the ones I still keep in touch with.

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  2. We just went to my husband's USNA 25th reunion in Annapolis a couple of weeks ago and it was fabulous. We get to Annapolis often and always love to walk around the Naval Academy, but it was great for my husband to catch up with his classmates and for me to visit with their wives. I love reunions!

    Looks like you had a lovely weekend!

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  3. I loved reading this post. My dad went to Bethany and I love visiting his school with him. Such an absolutely beautiful campus!!

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