I remember the day like it was yesterday, I was a gangly 19 year old wandering around the University of Toledo’s campus on my second day as a transfer student at the place that I never wanted to go. Growing up in Toledo, I always wanted to get away but decided to transfer back after finding out some family news that needed me to be closer to home. I was with a guy I had just met who had coerced me to walk through to greek village against my interests because he said there would be tons of free food and ladies to meet. Soon after passing by a few fraternity houses filled with people, I came upon a table with 2 or 3 guys standing around it joined with a couple girls. A young lady explained that they were assisting a fraternity rush event for a group that had an off campus house, and that’s when I met Matt. Greeting me with his million dollar smile, we want on to chat for 45+ minutes and a bond right then was created. We hit it off immediately and the rest is nothing but fond memories.
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Tis’ the season for Homecoming celebrations across the nation. This is the tradition of welcoming back alumni of a school at universities, colleges and high schools. It typically includes events for current students and alumni, such as sports and culture events and a parade through the streets of the campus, city or town. The tradition of Homecoming has its origins in alumni football games held at colleges and universities since the mid-1800s. Many schools have tried to lay claim to having the first Homecoming, but it is unclear as to who was the first to host such activities, however the NCAA recognizes the University of Missouri as the birthplace of Homecoming in 1911.