Image Courtesy of King’s College Members of the King’s Collge class of 1965 gather for a picture at 2015 Homecoming.
Image Courtesy of King’s College
Members of the King’s Collge class of 1965 gather for a picture at 2015 Homecoming.

 

On a beautiful Saturday morning, Betzler Field was packed more than usual for our Homecoming game against Fairleigh Dickinson University. The Monarchs filled the stands and sidelines, cheering for their team. Parents rooted for their children and the stadium shook as we won in overtime.

However, it wasn’t the big win for the Monarchs or the good food at the Homecoming tents that caught my eye. It was a man with a ribbon attached to his King’s College Alumni shirt. That bright red ribbon read “Golden Monarch.”

As I walked over to him, I introduced myself, learning his name. Greg Krzyston, the 1965 Class President, shook my hand and struck up a conversation.  We talked about his time at King’s; about the great times he had, living in the Hafey-Marian building, and his love for his alma mater.

“We used to do this Walk to Scranton which had to be 15-18 miles, all while bouncing a basketball down the roads.” Greg chuckled. “At some point, people disappeared and all that were left were me and some of the other sophomores at the time. At that time, we used to do a chant, ‘Gimme a K, Gimme an I’ and at that point, when we reached the gymnasium at Scranton, someone shouted ‘Gimme a seat!’”

It’s times like this that Greg loves to reminisce about, but one key moment sticks in his head. He stated, “My favorite moment, truth be told, was in 1961, when my parents dropped me off in from of the dorms. My father shook my hand and said ‘See you at Christmas’ and it was exactly the right thing to do at that time. If I could go back to college right now, I would, because of moments like that one and such close friends like I had.”

I smiled at Greg’s stories and thought to myself about my time at King’s so far. As my father likes to say, college is the best four years of your life. I have enjoyed myself at King’s, and talking to Greg really opened my eyes about the great times that I have had here. So take the time to enjoy the little things and be with those close to you. These are the best times you will have.