I am ashamed to admit that I have no school spirit.
It’s not that CSUSB doesn’t put out great student events because it does.
I believe something that keeps students from showing school spirit might be indifference.
I need to learn how to overcome indifference and to have pride in my school.
Every school needs school spirit to promote a sense of community among.
It becomes an important factor in the success and retention of its student body.
“When the student body is involved in events on and off campus, it demonstrates a passion for school pride that is immeasurable and contagious,” said Adrianne Burns, director of University Advancement at Missouri State University. “…School spirit translates into higher expectations of one’s self and surroundings, pushing for positive changes at the university and abroad.
While having school spirit brings students together, it can be difficult to get them more involved.
Students provide their views of why school spirit is not shown on campus.
“My best guess with why not enough people don’t show their school spirit is that they’re too focused on their social life, work, family or friends,” said Chris Burns. “The last event I went to was Ecofest and I thought it was pretty interesting. Other than that, I do see some people wearing CSUSB clothing and I believe that the dormitories have a ton of school spirit.”
Student Josh Rosas said that being a college student living off campus doesn’t allow him the time to get involved on campus.
“Honestly I do fall into the category of not having school spirit simply because having school spirit is too expensive,” said Rosas.
School spirit is something that can indirectly affect people whether there is any spirit or not.
“Incoming freshmen expecting a rowdy college game-day atmosphere are likely to be put off and disappointed by the lack of care they see from upperclassmen,” according to John Hopkins University “The result is a widespread sense that students are missing out on a unique and enjoyable component of the college experience.”
Student Amber Stultz relates to students having difficulty in having school spirit, “I fall into the category of never been to a CSUSB game or sports event.”
“Don’t get me wrong, I love sports and going to sporting events, but I also work full-time so it’s hard to do other extracurricular activities along with going to school full-time and working full-time,” continued Stultz. “The free time I have usually goes to homework or studying, so I think that is also one of the reasons why other students don’t support either.”
This is something that we all must realize. Our school is there to make memories for us; obviously, we’re not going to do it ourselves.
Someday, I am going to look back and kick myself in the ass because I missed out on making memories.
We have to at least poke our heads out and see what is right before us before it fades away.
I believe that every student here at CSUSB is capable of showing some forms of school spirit. It’s something that we will all take with us when our time here finally commences.