It’s that time of year once again for Oregon State’s annual Moms and Family Weekend. This means that from May 4-6, the Beaver Nation will be swarmed with mothers, fathers and siblings galore! For those of you who have yet to participate in OSU’s Moms Weekend, it is an event put on by the Memorial Union Program Council (MUMomsPC) each year. The MUPC fits over 45 activities into a family filled three days, both all around campus and throughout the greater Corvallis area. Activities include an OSU Fashion Show, a comedy show, arts and crafts fairs and brunches. A full schedule of events can be found at http://mu.oregonstate.edu/mupc/momsweekend. Check it out and make sure the send the link on to your parents!
Having been through Moms and Dads weekend in the past, I can say with confidence that the key to getting the most out of Moms Weekend is to try new things! It is not unusual for college students to be weary of parents invading their “university bubble,” but look at it as an opportunity, not a burden. The MUPC organizes a plethora of activities so that you and your family can fill your time together with new and exciting experiences.
Last year, my Mom made the trek up from California for the event weekend. My Moms Weekend experience was particularly special because not only was it my birthday, but my first birthday away from home sans family and childhood friends. Having her here was wonderful! I spent three days showing my mom around the town I have grown so fond of.
I think most students would agree with me when I say that the best part of having your parents or any visitors in town is the chance for a delicious meal. Have you been wanting to try that fancy restaurant you can’t afford on a college budget? Pair your family time with some great eats for an added bonus!
For many of us out of state students or even those with busy schedules, seeing your parents mid-term is a rare opportunity. So fill your Moms Weekend with a stroll around the arts and crafts fair or a baseball game, but most of all appreciate those who have travelled to Corvallis just to see you!