This past week was Homecoming at UConn. Is there anything more sentimental than visiting your alma mater in the fall? This was my first time back since I graduated in 2012!
I went back on Thursday to give a guest lecture to a class of nutrition students. As a student, I remember having past graduates come to speak to us and how helpful it was to have an insider perspective. When my former advisor Dr. Rhonda Brownbill asked me to speak, I was so flattered. In this presentation, I focused on three topics. The first was the application process. I emphasized doing the leg work by researching different programs thoroughly and focusing on fit. I then discussed the details of my internship with the University of Maryland College Park including rotations, projects, and events. Finally, I outlined how I prepared for and passed my RD exam.
At the end the students had some great questions about all aspects of the presentation. Some even came up later and asked about long distance relationships (they saw my ring!). After the lecture, I went to explore the campus. I had about 5 hours to kill before my dinner plans so I was able to walk over the entire place.
So much as changed! While I was there, many large construction projects were underway. Now they are all done leaving a ton of open space and a few new buildings. I decided to visit my senior year apartment and as it turns out, my chemistry lab partner lives in my building right now! Small world for sure.
If you look very closely, you can see a woodchuck by the edge of the building. There are a couple families that still live all around UConn and they are soooo cute. There is also a small patch of construction in Hilltop Apartments, but that was one of maybe 3 spots on campus.
I popped by the Benton Art Museum and had an awesome apple pie latte. During undergrad, it was absolutely my favorite place to get coffee (Iced Tropical Breeze is my go to spring beverage).
I grabbed some dinner with my Alima friends at the union. I got to catch up AND get a salad wrap, another UConn favorite. Alima was my dance team and membership has ballooned form 9 to 36! It made me so happy to see that it found a strong foothold and developed a reputation on campus.
The Husky love continued on Saturday with the Homecoming football game! We arrived bright and early to tailgate before the game. I got to hang out with my goods friend Chelsey and Joanne and run into a bunch of other alumni.
The game was so much fun, even though we lost. I got to do the husky chant, and revel in all of the football traditions. I never made it to a game senior year so it had been 3 years since I went to a game!
I had an awesome time reliving UConn and cant wait to go back.