Not too long ago, hundreds and hundreds of alumni returned to campus for the annual Homecoming celebration. For some, it was the first time in decades since returning, which is always fun to see.
Depending on when their last visit took place, campus looks entirely different. The Christy Mall is one of the biggest shocks. “We’d have to dodge cars to get to class.” Dawes Memorial Library is also mentioned quite a few times. “I helped carry books into that library.” Those memories typically garner a chuckle from the storyteller.
It’s when they start talking about the people they knew back then — fellow students, professors they made connections with, administrators who were tough as nails and local families who invited them into their homes — that the memories turn into emotions. Their smiles become wistful looks as they remember the kid that they once were and how the people of Marietta College cared for and educated that kid.
Alumni returning after a long absence are easy to spot. They look at campus very much the same way that the 17- and 18-year-old incoming freshmen look at it — excited to be here and ready for an adventure.
If you missed Homecoming this year, don’t worry, work is already underway for next year. As you know, you are always welcome to come home!
Marietta, The Magazine for Marietta College
Marietta, The Magazine of Marietta College, is published online six times each year by the Office of Communication & Brand Management for Marietta College’s alumni, donors, faculty, staff, students and friends.
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