by Katie Yeaton
Possibly my favorite part about fall semester is football season. Why? Apart from the fact I love watching college sporting events, football is my favorite because it means marching band season.
As a prospective college student, one thing we look at when selecting a college is school spirit. We want to get a sense of the school climate, would we feel a sense of belonging by being there. Football season is one of my favorite times of the school year since there is so much school spirit. Every home game thousands of screaming fans come out and cheer on the university play. Being a participant in this arena is exciting and can make you feel like you are a part of something bigger than yourself. This sense of belonging is what I thrive on as a team member of the band.
Moving cross-country to complete my Master’s degree at UNLV is my leap of faith, and I am happy to say I have fulfilled my motto, “make that place your home.” I am living the dream everyday I get to go to marching band practice and class. Joining UNLV’s Star of Nevada Marching Band has been an amazing experience. Everyone I have met has been extremely supportive, even dropping by my GA office during drop-in office hours just to say hi. So if I could give one piece of advice to an incoming student affairs/higher education graduate student, my advice would be to get involved. I feel like a broken record sometimes, but getting involved in a club, organization, or sport (including marching band) is the most powerful opportunity to meet people and feel at-home. Your entire graduate school experience does not need to be entirely composed of papers, lectures, and group projects. Get involved on campus and in the community. Remember, you can achieve more than you ever thought you could.