1,500 visitors for Homecoming Weekend — who’s missing out?

From Oct. 4 to 6, Family Homecoming weekend will once again take place at the College. Throughout the three days, 1,500 parents, friends, and alumni will make the trip to Mayflower Hill to spend time with their loved ones, watch them compete in sporting events, and enjoy a closer glimpse into what their daily lives at the College look like.

An exciting and packed schedule will be available for families to engage in. Included in this itinerary are events that would otherwise happen, like Art Museum and campus tours, but it also features classes with open attendance, wine tastings, access to Miller Library’s tower, various talks and award ceremonies, an a capella sampler, and stargazing. The loaded catalog is available for viewing via colby.edu/homecoming.

The Echo talked with Scott Kaplan `20 about his parents coming to him from Sharon, Massachusetts. Like many at the College who endure some teasing for this, he is one of the “20-minutes-outside-of-Boston” students whose parents are generally able to head up to campus without it being a particular hassle.

“The best part about parent’s weekend is being able to spend quality time with family, friends and loved ones,” he explained. “It’s great being able to show them my favorite spots on campus…[like] Runnals Hill; I’m thinking of taking my family for a walk up there.”

Kaplan also plans to watch the Rugby game against Maine Maritime Academy at 1 p.m. on the 5th and show his parents his newly decorated apartment.

“Colby looks very different with parents walking around everywhere…it’s nice to see all the happy faces and families together.”

Despite the extensive docket of activities available for the Kaplan family and others, Scott intends to forge his own path for the weekend, remarking that he “never really [has] much interest in Colby scheduled programs.”

Unfortunately for some students, not everyone’s parents can make the trip to the Hill. Ewan Frick `22 shared with the Echo his feelings towards a Homecoming Weekend without visitors, since his parents live in Kansas City, Missouri.

“It was expected that they wouldn’t come. I feel like it’s better when they visit on their terms rather than Colby’s, if that makes sense. I miss them, but not excessively. I’ll probably feel jealous as parents start to arrive, but I’ll focus on the next time we’ve planned to get together to make myself feel better,” Frick said.

Frick circles back home for holidays, but sometimes opts instead to spend a break with his grandparents who live an hour away in New Portland, Maine.

“I don’t get homesick because I feel like Colby is more of my home now,” he adds. “I do miss the relationships I had back in Missouri, but I have different ones now. It’s very helpful to have my grandparents close by as a safety net. I never felt like I needed that net, but it’s nice for it to be there.” He attributes spending a summer with his grandparents two years ago to the strong bond that helps to keep him anchored.

This Saturday, Frick will be competing in the Cross Country Maine State Meet hosted by the College, one of the events mentioned in the Homecoming schedule. He concludes the discussion by reflecting on the larger-than-usual crowd that is likely to attend this weekend, and on how his parents have contributed to his ability to become a successful student athlete. Currently, Frick is the College’s number four runner on a team of over 20 male athletes.

“My parents are special because they are the biggest factors of what made me, me. My dad was always available to bounce ideas off of and made me think in different ways while my mum kept me in a routine and created my worth ethic…I feel excited to have more people cheering for me and for the team [this Saturday].” 

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