I just had my last Dads Weekend at Illinois. It was so bittersweet after four years of my dad coming downstate to hang out with me for the weekend. It was so special for us to spend time together because he is an ’81 Media grad. He studied advertising just like me and still works in advertising. It’s always so cool to see how far his degree from Illinois has taken him and how an education here made him so successful.
There are always tons of things for fathers and their children to do during the weekend here. The biggest and most popular activity is to cheer on the Illini football team. They usually play another Big 10 opponent so the stadium is super packed. This weekend they played the Indiana Hoosiers in a competitive game.
Dads Weekend is great to also show your dad the campus. It was easy and fun for me since my dad went here as we walked around campus and he was telling me about his fun experiences living in University Housing at Allen Hall and Florida Avenue Residence Hall. We got to walk around the Quad too and we both shared our fun times at Gregory Hall being advertising majors.
We then walked around on Green Street and he was telling me how it was completely different when he was a student. There weren’t as many popular chains, but now it looks like a bustling metropolitan area! Green Street will always be a fun place to hang out when you’re an Illini, no matter your age.
My dad and I then decided to see an a capella show. We have a family friend that is a singer in the co-ed a capella group No Comment. A capella groups usually have fun concerts planned on both Dads and Moms Weekend, so that is always a fun thing to take your parents to if you need something to do after the football game during the evening! No Comment’s show was called “A Tribute to Dad.” It took place in Foellinger Auditorium, which is right on the Main Quad. It was pretty cool seeing a concert where I have lecture!
The Dads Association, the association for fathers of Illini students planned the show. Note: if you are looking for scholarships, the Dads Association has some scholarships offered for students!
No Comment sang a ton of hits from Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Demi Lovato. People were singing and clapping along and it was the perfect end of the weekend with my dad.
I’m a little sad that it’s my last Dads Weekend, but I will cherish the weekends I had with my dad and my Illini.