To the Editor:
We departed Dec. 30 (45 Huskies, me and Purple Bus No. 22). After everyone boarded, I thought to myself: “What the heck did I do?”
The students hopped on my Coach bus giggling one by one, and they all greeted me (even Tony our bus driver). Everyone was so much fun.
We watched a million movies and ate a ton of snacks. Everyone was anticipating the game and cheering for “red and black.”
After a bus trip that took 28 hours, all we wanted was nourishing food and hot showers.
Then the “Ft. Lauderdale Downtown Countdown” was here. Attire was a combination of fancy dresses with heels or sneakers and Huskie gear.
Game day arrived, and we cheered Huskie chants loudly. Although we left the stadium with a loss, we couldn’t be more proud.
I have always loved NIU. I’ve been here almost 15 years, but what I experienced on this trip almost brings me to tears. The generosity of NIU and everyone who contributed provided an opportunity that was “once in a lifetime.”
Thank you to the NIU administration, alumni and all of those who assisted.
Something about me will never be the same as a result of all of the goodness I experienced at one big game.
Director of external programming, NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology