For those of you that read my posts on a regular basis, you know I like music. I like the symbolism of music. I have it playing in my office, car, iPhone. I like the way it makes me feel. I like the variety that music brings. Although, singer-songwriter/ coffee shop music tends to be my “go to”, I can’t say I’m married to any one kind of music. That’s probably a good thing. Ask my three-year old son as he’s following in his dad’s footsteps.
So, why am I telling you this? With Homecoming 2013 on the front burner here at Duquesne, this week’s post is inspired by a recent Phillip Phillips song, “Home” and something I’ve found myself thinking about lately. Why is being able to go home important? See symbolism (wink wink, nudge nudge).
We preach community, mission, and connectivity here at Duquesne. By all accounts, we deliver. So, Homecoming is much more than seeing old friends and asking, “How are you?” It’s much more than asking, “I wonder what’s new on campus?” It’s much more than a free meal, a football game, and alumni activities. Don’t get me wrong, all of these things are important to serve as platforms for engagement and staying in the loop, so to speak. However, I think it’s deeper in what it means in being able to go home.
It is memories. It is a place both mental and physical. It’s being able to reflect on some of those times that helped shape and mold. It’s seeing buildings that have significance. It is being a part of a community greater than any one person. It is a belief in something. A conviction. It is also an acknowledgement that this experience changed you. It’s an acceptance that this experience was as much a part of you as your wedding, birth of a child, death of a loved one, etc. It’s a bond. We come from near and far and the faces change, yet the experience of being at home remains the same.
“Know you’re not alone, cause I’m going to make this place your home.” Phillip Phillips
Having come and gone at various points of my life from the Duquesne community, I’m happy to say I am once again a part of this community. So, yes. You can go home. Hope to see you at the festivities this weekend.