As school gets more hectic and classes begin to pick up speed, it gets difficult for students to find the time to go home for a visit. However, this weekend families of ISU students have been cordially invited to campus to spend time together for Family Weekend.
Coordinator of Student and Community Outreach and organizer of Family Weekend, Harriett Steinbach, says that this celebration between relatives has been a tradition at ISU for well over 10 years now. It’s a great time for all family members to connect with their loved ones and enjoy each other’s company.
There are many entertaining events planned throughout the weekend. One exciting opportunity to enjoy with your family is tailgating outside of Hancock Stadium and then watching a Redbird football game, a “must” in the eyes of Steinbach. Also, take part in the family-style game show “Minute to Win It,” and make sure to catch the famous comedian Bill Cosby perform live in Braden Auditorium in the Bone Student Center.
Some of these activities will require participants to have a ticket. In order to view more events for the weekend or see what events require tickets, visit FamilyWeekend.IllinoisState.edu. Tickets can also be purchased at this website or at ticketmaster.com by searching Braden Auditorium. It would be wise to purchase the tickets to the many outstanding events offered in advance before they are sold out.
Though many of the main events require a purchased ticket, there are also various, equally enjoyable activities that come at no cost whatsoever. Take part in fun, free events on campus such as bowling and billiards, a magic act, a workout at the student fitness center and even a photo with Reggie Redbird himself.
“You can have a very full Family Weekend experience and it doesn’t have to be expensive. That’s something that’s very important to us,” Steinbach said. “There are a lot of activities that can be very inexpensive for the families participating.”
However, Family Weekend doesn’t necessarily have to be taken advantage of on campus the entire time. This can be a great excuse to finally go to that favorite restaurant you can’t afford. In fact, it is pretty convenient that the car will pass a few grocery stores on the way there. Might as well restock the fridge if Mom’s offering, huh?
In all seriousness, this weekend is a great time to catch up with one another on current events and make some memories bonding with family. Steinbach says the key to having a successful Family Weekend is planning ahead.
“Parents and students may have different expectations about their Family Weekend experience,” Steinbach said. She suggests students have a conversation with their family about what events they are anticipating to attend ahead of time.
Parents may be expecting to spend a full night as a family watching Bill Cosby while a student may be making plans with his or her friends for later that evening. It is important to make sure to be on the same page with one another upon a family’s arrival.
There are countless ways to take advantage of Family Weekend, but the best means to do so is by simply enjoying every second of time spent with one another.