[I try not to get preachy on this blog, but I needed to say this. If you are a current student and your friends are waffling about the ACC Championship game, please send them the link to this post.]
If you are current BC student you need to get to Jacksonville for the ACC Championship game. Drive, fly, sail, whatever. Just get there by 1 PM on December 1. There is no excuse. “I’m just a Freshman. I’ll go next year.” Wrong. You can never predict when or how often these things happen. Clemson has numerous program advantages over most of the ACC, yet they haven’t won an ACC title since 1991.
“I’m broke.” You are a college student. Of course you’re broke. But I imagine if you are like most college students you can always scrounge up a few bucks if you really want something. Beg, borrow, deal. Go to the blood bank. Sell your text books. Sell your roommate's text books! Whatever it takes. Credit card debt lasts forever but as the ads say, seeing BC battle for the ACC crown is priceless.
“I don’t have the time” or “I have a big test.” Come on. Don’t be that guy or girl. You can study on the drive or flight. It’s a day game on a Saturday. Even if you drive you can be back on campus by Sunday afternoon.
“I don’t really like sports that much.” Listen, I understand there are some SuperFans out there who had never been to a football game before they got to BC and will probably never go to one after. Traveling 1,200 miles to see BC play Virginia or Virginia Tech may not sound that appealing. People, if the actual game doesn’t interest you, the adventure should. You’re only young once. In a few years getting drunk and hooking up with some Jacksonville local on the Landing won’t be cute or funny. Do it in two weeks and it’s just another thing your friends will needle you about back in the Mods.
Real life is just around the corner. Alumni who want to go to this game have to face much more serious dilemmas. We are paying mortgages, student loans, and car payments. We old timers have to deal with limited vacation days or finding babysitters. You don’t have those obstacles.
In my opinion life gets better with age. I wouldn’t switch places with any college kid in the world. There are many things about being young and in college that are limiting. One of the benefits of your current situation is that you have plenty of freedom and flexibility. Take advantage of it.
Go to Jacksonville. You’ll never regret it.