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Sept. 21, 2020

Student view: Being a Spartan

Homecoming court member Brandon Crawford shares what being a Spartan means to him.


Brandon Crawford is a senior majoring in advertising management with minors in public relations and leadership of organizations. He is a member of the 2020 Homecoming court.


Happy Homecoming! Though this year it feels different, we’re still going to show our Spartan Pride, louder and prouder than ever. I know many of us would love to be on campus, getting ready for the Homecoming parade and a football game. However, just because we are not together does not mean we can’t celebrate.


Take this week to reach out to fellow Spartans you have not talked to in a while, reconnect with family and reflect on your own Spartan experience. I also encourage you to attend a virtual homecoming event. The alumni office has done an outstanding job creating engaging and interesting events.


These past few weeks I’ve had the chance to reflect on my Spartan career thus far, and what being a Spartan means to me. Being a Spartan, for me, is comprised of unexpected but rewarding experiences. I received my admissions letter to Michigan State University on October 27, 2016, in my high school iCenter. At that time, I didn’t know how impactful and life-changing it would be.


Throughout my time at MSU I have had countless, unexpected opportunities. From being invited to the Honors College, to reviving the MSU Drag Show, to going to New York City, to being on Homecoming court. There’s too many to mention, but all have been impactful in one way or another throughout my four years at MSU.


Being a Spartan is about being strong. The past few months have been extremely difficult and challenging. Nevertheless, we are Spartans. No matter how hard life gets, we always find the strength to persevere. I firmly believe we are on the cusp of something fantastic and our sacrifices the past few months haven’t been in vain. As the saying goes, “The greater your storm, the brighter your rainbow.”  

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