Penn State's School Spirit Is So Strong, It Inspires Me To Have My Own

Penn State's School Spirit Is So Strong, It Inspires Me To Have My Own

WCU Can Take A Page Out Of Penn States Book And Actually Show Up To Support Our School

If you don't know about Penn State's school spirit you must be living under a rock. Even if you don't go to Penn State, you've seen or heard about Penn State football tailgates, where blue and white spread as far as the eye can see.

Sure, students could be proud of their school's academics or clubs, but Penn State football tailgates are the prime example of what college school spirit is all about.

Since my boyfriend, Andrew, goes to Penn State, I've met a lot of amazing friends that we've tailgated with before big games.

My first tailgate I remember being so in shock that there were so many people. Now I knew Penn State was huge, but the tailgates were a whole new level of the word huge. Flags, shirts, socks, sunglasses, gloves, hats, tents, car decals, chairs, everything you could think of the Penn State logo is postered on it. It's incredible that people go this all out for a school.

And they don't even think twice about it! The student section roars during games and chants/songs are screamed. There's a bond there among students that's like something I've never experienced before.

I love West Chester endlessly, and I never want to leave, but at the same time I wonder where along the way I lost my "ra-ra" school spirit. I guess I always thought the kids who were openly borderline obsessed with their school were weird, but after experiencing the Penn State culture, I realized that it isn't weird at all.

I have to admit, at first I was taken aback, but you grow to enjoy it and even be comforted by it. Homecoming at West Chester is really the only time people go crazy with the school spirit, but what about every other weekend? How did our student section at games get so small? Why is it still considered weird to have school spirit?

My experiences at Penn State have taught me that there's no shame in having pride in your college. Why shouldn't you? You're paying a lot of money to go there, so you must love it, right? Penn State has taught me to love my own school and my school's sports teams. Now I go to sports games and I've acquired more WCU T-shirts and I've never been more in love with my school.

The WCU school spirit is there. I see it in small ways everyday, but it's time to change the West Chester culture about school spirit for the better.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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