Letters from the dorm: Candace Kwan catches Husky fever, cheering on the UW football team

Letters from the dorm: Candace Kwan catches Husky fever, cheering on the UW football team

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There's no better way to spend a winter day than cheering our home team.
There's no better way to spend a winter day than cheering our home team.
Photo: Candace Kwan

Not that you'd recall, but I distinctly remember swearing up and down that I'd go to a football game during my freshman year.

I'm bracing myself for the flak I'm going to receive for this, but I have to get something off my chest: I went to my first football game only a week ago, and I'm a junior. I know, I know, I'm ashamed of myself, too.

I never got around to going to a game because … I'm kinda lazy, and I've never been interested in sports. Something always comes up over the weekend, and then I tell myself that I just don't have enough time to get all my schoolwork done. I could have made the same excuse this time (I have so much reading to do!) but …

When the bae asks (read: drags) you to go to a football game with him and his friends, you don't really have much of a choice. You can either be bored for a couple of hours, or try to enjoy yourself.

As it turned out, that wasn't so difficult. It was fun, a whole lot more fun than I thought it would be! And I'm not even kidding.

True, the temperature dropped to around 8 degrees Celsius, and standing in the chilly stadium for a couple of hours wasn't too pleasant, but I would do it all over again - with a few more layers of clothing, or maybe a small blanket. My mum told me to bring one, but I forgot. Seeing people with blankets in the stadium filled me with an intense feeling of envy. I was shivering.

The game was cold, yes. Boring, not so much.

It's lovely to see a stadium full of people united for the love of a sport, and the games are worth going to for the school spirit alone. It's contagious, and I'm convinced I bleed purple and gold, UW's school colours.

It makes me sad to admit this, but our beloved Huskies lost to the UCLA Bruins. Oh well. It seems that we haven't been doing great this year, but the season isn't over - there are still a handful of games left and we have enough time to turn things around. GO HUSKIES!

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Chilling out with the Huskies

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