The Long and Winding Road…

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By Elizabeth Bandera
ebandera@smu.edu

This past weekend was both exhausting and amazing…we had our very first Mock Trial Tournament of the year at MTSU in Murfreesboro, TN. Never been? Well, it is a town about 20-30min outside of Nashville, TN which has been named the “Most Livable Town in Tennessee” and boasts the Oaklands Historic House Museum and a dog park. Unfortunately, we did not have ample amounts of time during our tournament to explore the wonderous Murfreesboro, TN, but it was a fun weekend.

It is a 24-hour round trip from Dallas, TX to Murfreesboro, TN, which leaves plenty of time for team bonding, awkward-can’t-get-comfortable-in-the-car naps, repetitive radio music, miles upon miles of interstate highways, and fun gas station pit stops. The Beatles say it the best…

“The long and winding road
That leads to your door
Will never disappear
I’ve seen that road before”

Which, is quite true! I attended the MTSU tournament last year with the SMU Mock Trial team and though we did well, our tournament record for this year improved. Yay! A personal best for the SMU Mock Trial team!

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(This is a photo of our SMU Mock Trial A-team after we finished the competition)

Along with Mock Trial another Mock Trial tournament this weekend at UTD, SMU is having its last home football game on Saturday against Marshall. It has been dubbed a “White Out,” meaning every SMU fan that attends should dress strictly in white. Cross your fingers it doesn’t rain. This will be a fun game to watch, but bittersweet. During halftime, the seniors of the Mustang Band, which I am a member of, will be honored for their time and dedication these past four years at SMU. I have grown so close with these talented and beautiful people, that it will be hard to say goodbye and let them wonder off into the “real world,” but we still have an entire semester left to spend with them.

One last thing…my good friend JP Coleman just graduated from SMU and my his life will change forever December 5th when he ships out for US Navy OCS, entering the Naval Aviator program. Hopefully, his long and winding road will lead him safely back to Dallas’ door. I wish him the best of luck these next few months and look forward to his visits home. Best of luck friend and God bless. We’ll all miss you here in Dallas.

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(This is a photo of JP and some of his friends from the Mustang Band who will miss him dearly. From Left: JP, Elizabeth Bandera, Kayli Mickey, and Melinda Mason.)

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