There was excitement in the air. A sea of red and black. Loud voices Calling the Dawgs.
No, it wasn’t a fall Saturday in Athens. It was a hot summer evening in Atlanta. I was at my (ashamedly) very first UGA Young Alumni event. Three years post-graduation and I finally made it!
Here’s my night in review:
5:05 p.m. Hit the road to Atlanta from Athens where I sing karaoke all the way down 316.
6:30 p.m. Take a power nap because I can’t hang like a college kid any more.
7:00 p.m. Put on my best red and black outfit.
7:30 p.m. Meet up with friends and fellow Dawgs — some of whom I hadn’t seen since English 1001.
8:30 p.m. Request my Uber to SweetWater.
8:31 p.m. Take an Uber selfie.
8:55 p.m. Arrive at SweetWater and stop by the registration table to check in. I pat myself on the back for registering early since tickets at the door were more expensive ;)
9:00 p.m. (okay, it was more like 8:56 p.m.) Grab my first beer. Cheers!
9:15 p.m. Catch up with a college friend who recently accepted a new job at Cox Enterprises.
9:30 p.m. Tour SweetWater’s newly renovated taproom and learn that there’s 24 (!) beers on tap. Time to try another!
9:45 p.m. The bartender pours my second local brew.
10:00 p.m. The band starts playing Backstreet Boys so I obviously hit the dance floor.
10:15 p.m. Indulge in some barbecue from SweetWater’s new in-house catering kitchen. It was delicious!
10:30 p.m. Lead a group in Calling the Dawgs! My bark still needs some work before football season begins.
10:45 p.m. Pose with friends and UGA props at the photobooth — no, I’m not sharing those photos.
11:00 p.m. I have another beer … or two.
12:00 p.m. Close down the joint and request another Uber because #responsible.
The Young Alumni Leadership Council meets regularly in Atlanta and hosts events and programs like this throughout the year. Learn more about getting involved.
And, be sure to mark your calendar for next year’s UGA Alumni Night at SweetWater. Not only is it an awesome night of reminiscing, drinks and dancing, but a portion of my ticket supported UGA scholarships so I also felt good about giving back to my favorite university.