Football: Present America__Make Up Assignment
Recently I was blessed to travel to see the Utah v. Notre Dame football game. Being a Utah fan and having our team ranked at number five this was an opportunity that I was extremely excited for. But there was more. Before going to the game my dad had business in South Carolina and was taking me with him so I could learn a little bit about the family business and look at Clemson University. The school was the first bit of my business in South Carolina. We went on a campus tour and I was able to see the school. It was a great size, about 20,000 students give or take a couple thousand and most all of them lived on campus. For the first time my tour was blessed. I had a cute tour guide. Of all the schools I have visited this was a first. Usually the tour guide is the typical kid who is boring and when you ask what happens on the weekend the most common response is, "Well, we study a lot, but there are also some fun little gatherings that me and my friends have." This was a school where you would have fun! The school was very pretty, but their main center of focus was on Death Valley, their football stadium. Although Clemson football has not been the strongest program over the last few years it still is a major attraction to the school and a sense of pride to the students. The tour guide explained to me that tailgating was a big part of the school spirit and then walking to the game with "your spirits lifted" as she said it.
After visiting the school and learning a bit about what college life was like down in the South it was time to see what business was like in the real world. Lots of dressy clothes, boring talks, and in the case of my dad's business, beautiful cars. We were there for the release of the new X3, a car that will be great for the Salt Lake market since it is an SUV. But there was more than just that, although I did not understand a lot of what was said the business side of life was revealed to me. Lectures and notes, just like school. But only a couple more days of meetings, then the fun would begin.
Once we left South Carolina the real fun was starting to itch at me. Sitting still became more difficult as I prepared for what was about to come and soon enough I would be in South Bend, at the Notre Dame stadium watching a great football game, or so I thought. But when we first arrived we had a special treat. As a select group of alumni my parents were invited to a pre-game celebration where we would be allowed to see the football locker room, walk out the tunnel, and learn about the Notre Dame football legacy. During a brief speech given by the President of the University he explained why they were referred to as the "FIghting Irish." As I learned it was supposed to be a derogatory term used to upset the players when they first started playing, but the players adapted the name and turned it into a positive. Though the Irish were no looked upon as a good thing back then, now the Fighting Irish is a term recognized around the nation as a great football program and great academics. Though Utah went on to lose the game in a shocking upset the trip will always be remembered as a fond one. Not many people have ever seen a heisman trophy, but while I was there, not only did I see one, but I touched it and posed next to it. Something I will show my children when I am old.
The experiences I had while on the trip are something I will never forget and never want to. On this trip I became a heisman winner!!!!