15 Reasons Why I Love Color Guard

15 Reasons Why I Love Color Guard

If you don't know what that is, that's about to change.

Color guard: what is it and why is it so awesome? Even the dictionary does not know the kind of color guard I am talking about. No, I am not talking about the military affiliated Color Guard. I am talking about the wonderful people in the marching band who every fall look forward to getting drenched in glitter and drowned in makeup, splits, sashays, jazz runs, pom poms, tight uniforms, cute candids, new accessories, lots of laughter, lots of love, tossing flags, trying not hit your head with a weapon, exhibitions/competitions, hearing the former band geeks in the stand cheer your name annnnnd most people having no idea who you are. I think it is time for that to change. So here are my top 15 reasons why I love color guard:

1. The feeling you get when you march onto the field (especially your 1st game)

I started color guard my junior year of high school, and now I could not imagine starting off football season without that feeling in my gut of nerves and excitement all in one. Aside from my first game ever, my first college game was one of the most nerve wracking and exciting experiences I've ever had.

2. Losing your voice from screaming in the stands

I get WAY too hype at the games, and end up losing my voice at some point in every season.

3. All of the dress up days

Dress up days are the best! Although it is a little challenging to twirl a flag and march on those days, depending on your costume....

4. Unbreakable bonds

This was my team (and our instructor) my senior year of high school. We became so close, like a little family, and even today I still keep in touch with all of their wonderful souls.

5. Always having someone there to lift you up when you are feeling down

Once you've made that bond, no matter where life takes you or how often you talk, you will always have a friend to count on.

6. All the award banquets

Award banquets are tons of fun. You may get a totally silly paper plate award that just so happens to describe you perfectly (Instagram queen speaking), or you may get something that you worked hard for and feel honored to receive (most outstanding color guard).

7. The rest of the band

I always love meeting the people in the band! But despite how awesome all of the sections are, everyone knows that drum line is to color guard as Mary is to Poppins.

8. Team bonding

I have always been all about the team bonding, in everything I have ever been involved with, despite how cheesy it may feel sometimes. It gets to the point where you laugh like friends and love like family.

9. Rainy days

So, this one time at band camp... Yeah, I had eight counts to run across the field and my spot happened to be surrounded by mud thanks to rain the day before... Yeah, that was fun.

10. The squad (old & new)

You will be very pleasantly surprised to see that the bonds you make are always there, even if you go off to college and have to leave some of your squad behind. They will still greet you with open arms and silly faces just like old times.

11. Always being there for each other

This is me (left) and one of my closest friends, through color guard, at my senior night (2014) and her senior night (2015). Love you Jenna Bear! <3

12. Cute pictures

Who doesn't love pictures with their mascot? I am a die hard Wolfie fan!

13. The excitement of the upcoming season

As soon as the last game is over I start planning for the next season. My favorite part? Making new friends! :)

14. All the cute accessories

Hi, I'm Hannah, and I have a bow addiction.

15. Never wanting to know a life without it

This was taken my senior night in high school, which now feels like ages ago! Luckily I was fortunate enough to continue the color guard experience in college.

Being a part of the Color Guard team is a very unique experience. Although it has been very underrated and not appreciated enough for its art form, the whole world of color guard IS growing and becoming more well known across the nation. Although this upcoming fall is only my fourth season doing color guard, I cannot remember a life without it. Not everyone has a passion for it, but I know I speak for everyone that does when I say I would not want to be doing anything else with my time.

Cover Image Credit: Hannah Barnett

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Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.



I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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