If you're a UConn student, and have not been a football game tailgate, I would highly recommend considering planning a day to go to one. While just being a Husky gives me a ton of school spirit, going to a tailgate boosts my pride by 10x. The music, the dancing, the pride, and so much more all bring all the Husky students together in one setting. Even for people who aren't Huskies, a tailgate can be a great place to have fun and meet new people.
To start off, one of my favorite things about going to a tailgate is getting prepped up for the event. In the photo above, you can see me and all my friends are dressed in a ton of school spirit. From UConn bows, cut shirts, and face tattoos, we are all ready to show our school spirit. Not only do the pictures look cute, but it's the best way to show your pride and spirit for the school you are proud to go to. If you are looking for any accessories to wear on game day, make sure to make a stop at the Bookstore for some cute accessories and t-shirts to cut or just wear as they come.
Next, I love how friendly everyone is at the game. While it's mostly due to being intoxicated, everyone there is open to dancing and having fun with any stranger that happens to pass by them. At this past tailgate, my friends and I were about to make 5-10 new friends from people we've met along the way. Almost a week later, and we have gotten the chance to get lunch with and get to know these different people we met along the way at the game.
Lastly, I love the school spirit shown during the game itself. During the game, the whole student section is lively and together. Huskies have a collection of different chants every student knows for each thing that happens. For example, when the team scores, when the other team scores, chants to hype the team up, etc. It's so amazing to see so many students from different origins and backgrounds come together to cheer on and root for one team everyone is proud to be associated with.
If you missed last Saturday's tailgate, I hope to catch you at the next tailgate on September 29th at Pratt and Whitney. UConn is playing Cincinnati, a game I'm hoping the Huskies dominate. Hope to see you making friends, laughing, letting loose, and having a great time partying with the Huskies.