Homecoming can be fun yet frugal

Homecoming, one of the most anticipated events of the fall semester on Florida A& M University campus, is approaching yet again. However, one would think with all the fun activities like the Presidential inauguration, comedy shows, step shows, hip hop concert, and nighttime endeavors homecoming would be stress free.

Sadly, that is quite the contrary. Along with all the excitement comes monetary loss.

But there is a way to have a good time and not slip into debt once the festivities are over.

“I personally like to get involved in whatever is free,” said Ryon Reynolds a senior from Lauderdale Lakes. “I feel like one can still appreciate the essence of homecoming without spending money. There is the homecoming parade, the game and the on campus events that don’t cost any money.”

But what Reynolds forgot to mention is that most of the on campus events like the step show and comedy show are based on a first come first serve basis.

There are over 20 free events targeted towards students and faculty alike. Here is the weekly rundown:

The festivities begin Saturday October 25, with the Homecoming Kickoff Bash from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. at FAMU park. This event will have music and free food.

On Monday, October 27, FAMU spirit day will begin at 9 a.m. with a spirit walk followed by a spirit day ceremony at 11 a.m. The day concludes with the homecoming fashion show at Gaither Gym at 7 p.m.

Tuesday morning a motivational workshop, “An Academic Forum for Students: “How to Move Forward When You feel Like Quitting,” will be held at Lee hall from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Mark Masters, a graphic design student from Plantation, Fla., said this particular event is imperative for students to attend.

“I feel like this is one of the most important events during FAMU’s homecoming. Most students just use homecoming as a time to have fun but homecoming is so much more,” Masters said. “This event is free, educational and motivational event that might lend some words of wisdom to someone who might need it.”

Students should keep in mind the benefits of carpooling. It is the best way to conserve money and it helps in the fight against air pollution.

The lists of nighttime events are countless. But there are ways to make sure you get your money’s worth.

This year’s homecoming concert features two of rap’s biggest icons,Young Jeezy and T.I. The tickets are $28.50, an excellent price for a concert of this magnitude.

“I’m just going to stick with what I know,” said Terrence Smith, an architect student from New York City. “I’ve attended Potbelly’s on Saturday night for the last two years because it always has a good turn out and great music,” said Smith. “I’m going to try something different this year. There is an all you can eat and drink reggae party going on Thursday and its only $10 that’s a great deal and works well with my budget.”