Every year, homecoming weekend is full of bustling, big events, nostalgic alumni, and a jolly air of celebration for our school and community. This year was Cornell’s sesquicentennial, or 150th birthday, so homecoming weekend was hugely heightened in spirit and spunk.
Without exaggerating, I must say that the fireworks and laser light show on Friday night was really a spectacular. I had never seen the bleachers so fully packed in my three years here. People enthusiastically chanted “ONE-FIVE-O” from the stands and stage, including several school dance and music teams, the mayor of Ithaca, and both Cornell’s present and future presidents. Seeing our Cornell presidents and our community in such an informal and fun but prideful setting was a treat, even if at times a bit cheesy. I felt a mix of gratitude, joy, nostalgia, and pride as I stood upon the stands and watched the fantastically organized firework light up Schoellkopf Field and the faces of the crowd. I realize this description sounds quite gleeful and ideal, but I do feel that the event deserves the weight of these words. Those few moments of the show were not only memorable, but also emotional. They reminded me of how thankful I am to spend my four years here with bright showers of brilliant lights, surrounded by my humble and caring friends, and thinking of my family back home and the great opportunities and people I’ve met while here.
These pictures can hardly depict how wonderful the show was, but might give a quick idea of my view from the bottom bleachers.
The next day, Saturday, Cornell also provided many great events, such as tailgating, which included a ferris wheel and free games and giveaways, the football game, and a concert featuring Icona Pop and Grace Potter. The picture below is a blurry attempt at capturing the huge crowd and energy at the concert, which was a great way to end a busy and fulfilling weekend.