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Letter: Juicy trip to support NIU

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

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.

Missy Gillis

DeKalb

Director of external programming, NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology

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