A Need For School Spirit
School spirit. Do the words conjure up images of extreme body paint and obnoxious chanting students? It doesn’t have to. It can be as simple as just showing up.
School spirit can tell future students a lot about a university. If you are supporting athletics and academics, you are making memories at college and that is an important part of attending college. Every one of you chose to come to ASU, so why not show your pride in that decision.
At ASU, we hope all students feel Ram pride and love the Blue and Gold by the time they graduate. Getting together as a student body also shows the university we support one another. Going out to cheer on the various athletic teams makes a difference for those athletes. A cheering crowd pumps up players and gives a team confidence. Showing up at a school event, whether a play or a concert, a lecture or a free dance class, shows the students involved you support their efforts, too.
In my opinion, a college experience would not be the same if you did not attend campus events. Plus, good attendance at campus events allows the university to plan future concerts, game nights and comedy shows.
Need a few easy tips to help you show your school spirit? Here’s how.
Get Some Popcorn
Take a step into the Center for Student Involvement. This hidden gem in the garden level of the University Center is a great place to learn about everything going on around campus. Within the CSI (nice play on words) there are different groups such as University Center Program Council (UCPC), Student Government Association (SGA) and Greek Life. School spirit is huge for all these organizations.
The best part, too, is that the CSI gives out free popcorn every Wednesday afternoon to encourage students to “pop” in and get involved.
Just Show Up
UCPC brings great musical groups and comedians to campus for the students to enjoy. All they ask is that you attend. Even though you may think this is not about school spirit, it really is. In order to continue hosting Club Café or Game Night, students need to show their support for these programs.
Who wants to pass up seeing a famous musician right here on campus? I know I wouldn’t. Also, sometimes at its events, UCPC gives away free items to the first 50 to 100 people in line (a tip I thought you might like).
All of these organizations use social media. What college student nowadays doesn’t use social media? We can admit that students are checking Twitter, Facebook or Instagram more than once or twice. And, if you’re looking, you will see campus events popping up left and right on all three of these sites.
If you are not already following some of the above listed organizations on social media, do it! You will now be in the know. If you happen to not use social media, then visit the ASU website. There is a calendar listing everything going on around the university. I never knew there could be so many different things going on in one day. I would encourage you to use social media and the ASU website to your advantage. Take the time to see what is going on!
Too Much Spirit?
There are faculty, staff and students working to host all types of events on campus. To be able to support your fellow Angelo State family is rewarding. There is no such thing as too much spirit. Working for the ASU Alumni Association, I have met alumni who are extremely proud to be a part of ASU. These former students continue to come to Angelo State and attend events.
I meet these alumni and I tell myself that I want to have the same amount of spirit they have after I graduate. Angelo State will still hold a special place in my heart, and I hope you can see the importance of spirit and how it will continue in future students who attend Angelo State.