My favorite tradition is Leo's birthday party. Because when I was a kid, I would come to Leo's birthday. So our current Leo is actually the third Leo. So we celebrate on the original Leo's birthday in April. And it was so much fun to get to come and hang out on campus and hang around the fountain and get to hang out with lions, even though you don't get to pet them, but you get close.
Homecoming is so much fun, because my favorite thing is that we had the opportunity to meet all the alumni of our sororities and fraternities and stuff like that. And it just brings everybody back together and shows you that UNA hasn't changed. It has been the same family, the same small town community and support system, for years. It's not just a good experience for us. It has truly built itself to be such an excellent school all across the board.
My favorite unique tradition at UNA is our lucky pencil dip. So on the first day of classes, you dip your pencil in the fountain, and you're supposed to have good luck and hopefully all A's for the semester.
Mane Month is such a great opportunity for freshmen to get plugged in on campus, and even I found myself, not as a freshman, still participating in all these activities because you still get the chance to meet so many people. There's something literally going on every single day of the month. And it's just a way to get people out of their dorm rooms, out of their apartments, and come and plug into the community and meet new people.
Light the Fountain became a tradition about two years ago. And it's where, after the fall, they normally cut the fountain off. So in the spring, it's where they're cutting the fountain back on.
I think it's really valuable to have all these unique traditions and things to carry with me throughout college and as I leave college, because these are times that you can't ever get back. And doing social things besides just going to school and getting an education, just making those lifelong memories and lifelong friendships with people, are the things that are going to last and the things you're going to look back on and be like, "Oh, that's why I love UNA."