By Katy Gill
An Air Force officer has had a daddy-daughter day to remember, after he amusingly showed up at his daughter’s college to take in a typical day of classes.
Colorado State University student Clarissa Escobar invited her father, Hugo, to shadow her for a day at college, on April 19, as she believed he would enjoy it after the pair had been apart.
Hugo Escobar, a 22-year serving Air Force Officer in the United States Air Force, was pleasantly surprised when his sophomore year daughter suggested the ‘great idea’ and made it possible for them to share a traditional day in college – such as cycling around campus, eating lunch in the cafeteria and racing on the sports field.
The Officer even sat through classes such as Agricultural Economics and Rhetoric in Western Thought – with the tutors not realising that he was her father due to his young looks.
Hugo, who had been away from Clarissa for two weeks, said: “My daughter came up with this great idea, as she thought it would be a wonderful experience for me to see what a typical day at college is like for her.
“I gained appreciation for Clarissa’s devotion to her studies, and I’m really proud that my daughter gets the traditional college experience.
“Clarissa was both excited and a little nervous for this experience, with her friends being very excited to see it happen.
“In the first class she had me sit separately – though we sat together in the second class and the tutors didn’t even realise I was her father.”
One graduated, the communications major has plans to join the Air Force herself, following in the footsteps of her military father.
Mr Escobar said: “I graduated college with my master’s degree in 2003. This was great, as it took me back to when I was a student.
“I would absolutely go back to college. I love learning!”