School spirit is different everywhere and for everyone. Although there are many differences and it can be hard to define, it truly is an integral part of the college experience. School spirit shows pride in your school and pride in yourself for being a part of that. It also gives everyone a common connection, which can be especially important at larger schools. It’s amazing to realize that at a school of 25,000+, every single person has at least one common interest: their school. Although everyone probably chose that college or university based on a different list, criteria, or reasoning, they all ended up at said school, one common connection that cannot be overlooked. This connection make the university magically feel smaller and creates a large community-feel, a community that is supportive and understanding of everyone – because everyone is connected.
School spirit is hard to define because it can really be anything you want it to be. From the Cameron Crazies that pack Cameron Indoor at Duke to just wearing a shirt with your school’s colors, school spirit comes in all forms and really is just what you make of it. I’ll admit I definitely lean more towards the Cameron Crazies side of the spectrum. I live and breathe Virginia Tech. From finishing up “Let’s Go” with “Hokies”, sporting a wardrobe almost entirely full of Chicago maroon and burnt orange, or wearing a April 16th memorial ribbon on my backpack, Virginia Tech always has, and always will, play a major role in my life. But that’s not how other people view school spirit and that’s perfectly okay. There are all sorts of definitions ranging from service work to body paint to just enjoying your campus.
I challenge you to be a part of your school and show your spirit in a way that isn’t typical of you. Not interested in sports? Attend a football or basketball game. Haven’t thought about community service work recently? Look around campus for ways that you can volunteer around the community. By just participating in something, people will notice who you are and what you represent: your school, something that you worked hard to achieve, which is something to be extremely proud of.