A casual pose before his big night out on the town...

American Traditions: Homecoming

Homecoming day events are a tradition in the United States. Alumni and students celebrate through sporting events, parades, or carnivals. This tradition stems from the desire to bring back alumni so that knowledge sharing can take place. But happiness is the dominant feeling around the campus.

In Indianapolis the homecoming day event, as I witnessed yesterday, also became a stage for various parties to show achievements. I saw that the carnival was not only enlivened by campus residents and institutions within the campus. There was also the desire to re-establish relationships with alumni, strengthen the network of long-standing closeness, and to relive attendees’ school days.

I feel this tradition is something positive. I believe that memories are important anchors that foster a person's identity and character in the future. Anyone who is great, in a land that nourishes potential, will miss the moment when they first saw their identity grow and develop. The campus became a land that sowed the seeds of personality and a desire to love science and devote oneself to the arena of humanity.

But it is also enlivened by activists of social movements to raise public awareness. When discussing the meaning of homecoming with some friends, I got an interesting answer.  According to a friend, the Franklin Central High School was well aware of the potential of the alumni from the school. There are at least two large buildings on campus built by the alumni. This is another reason why a school as grand as Franklin Central never wants to cut off networks with its alumni. 

—Hakan (YES, Indonesia), hosted by the Landeck family (IN)