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I'll try to make it brief, but to be honest, getting involved on this site has been long overdue.

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Greetings, Bearcat Nation.

It goes without saying that the University of Cincinnati is one of the hidden gems of the collegiate world. Is that statement outlandish? Nope. I believe it and so do you.

As a recent alum of UC, I can say that my love for anything Cincinnati was created long before I actually moved to Clifton for my first semester. I grew up in the heart of Buckeye country and tried my best to fit in. I went to Buckeye games, wore Buckeye clothes, owned Buckeye memorabilia, and I even cooked Buckeye desserts (delicious, by the way). But as I got older, I realized that I was actually more of a bandwagon fan. I did my best to celebrate wins and dwell on losses, yet something was missing. I started looking at other colleges besides tOSU. December 10, 2009 will be a day that will live in infamy (for me).

Fast forward to now: I can't get enough of UC.

During my time in college, I was a member of the University of Cincinnati Bearcat Bands (TUCBIDG) and I can honestly say that it was the best decision I ever made. I started playing drums when I was much younger and at first I was just excited to continue an activity that I loved. Getting into football and basketball games for free was definitely a perk, and so was the yearly bowl trip, the conference basketball tournaments, and March Madness. But the absolute best part of being in the band?

Playing Down the Drive to thousands of fans.

I will never forget the memories, the goosebumps, or the terror I experienced my first time playing that cadence at a football game. The roar of the crowd, the hand motions... all of it was awesome. I couldn't get enough of it. That is when I knew that I had picked the right school, the right traditions, the right teams... to root for.

This is my first real blogging experience. I know that I have a decent understanding of the English language, and a love for anything UC, so as long as I don't turn readers away, I consider it a win. Bearcat Nation, I am excited to be here. I hope to contribute as much as I can, as well as I can.

Here's to many articles in the future.