Living on the east coast, there are not many Indiana football fans. But after last weekend, I learned that IU students will truly never graduate from being a fan of the Hoosiers.
Going to IU football games is one of my favorite things to do back on campus. The band playing, the tailgating fields, the endless sea of cream and crimson, the smell of hotdogs in the air, spontaneous cheers and trekking to the stadium are all a part of the game day experience. Thanks to the IU Alumni Association and the Office of Admissions, myself and two other ambassadors got to attend the IU vs NAVY game at Annapolis.
Our day began with a wild bus ride to Annapolis featuring alumni of all ages. Full of IU gear, the bus sang the fight song multiple times before we got to Maryland. When we arrived, we had some amazing food and got to talk to a few potential students. The more I talked about IU, SPEA and the campus, the more I realized how much I truly missed Bloomington. It’s not often you find a place that you truly love and can talk about for literally hours. I genuinely wanted these students to love IU as much as I do. After talking to the future of IU, we met an awesome group of alumni. Talking, relaxing, and meeting new friends reminded me that Indiana is forever. Hoosiers will end up all over the country, but we all have the bond of our time on campus.
Indiana ended up losing the football game, but man, it was so much fun to watch. I love the United States Navy. I have nothing but respect for the men and women who serve our country. The flyover, the midshipmen march onto the field, and the halftime band were my favorite parts of the game. I am so glad I got a chance to cheer for my Hoosiers and see the Navy play. I cannot wait for more games as an alumni!