I think I was practically born a WVU sports fan. Maybe it was because both of my parents were fans or that I never lived further away than an hour south of Morgantown, West Virginia, but there has never been a time where I wasn’t a WVU fan. Being a natural football fan doesn’t mean that I jumped right in once I got to college. Despite the fact that I was practically chanting “Let’s Go Mountaineers” from the minute I learned to talk, I didn’t immediately get into college sports once I was an undergraduate.
I only went to one sporting event my Freshman year of college. It was a Thursday night game in Morgantown and I don’t even remember who we were playing (actually, I think it was the University of South Florida) but I just remember being electrified and immediately I was hooked on the experience. More importantly, this was the first time I felt truly a part of my university.
With March Madness just around the corner, I figured Post Grad Friday would be the perfect way to talk a little bit about my love for college sports and maybe get y’all involved as well. Here are a few reasons why you should get into sports in college:
College Sports Are Fun
I mean, duh? While college is supposed to be about higher education (and it really is) sometimes you need a reason to cut loose and scream your heart out. There is no better way to do this than cheering on your favorite college sports teams. I don’t know about y’all, but I tend to take myself (and life) a little too seriously sometimes. Going to sporting events in college was a way for me to let loose and show a different side of myself (one I’ve found that I’m really fond of). Bonus? Show off your personal style by planning your outfit. How much more fun could you get?
You’re Probably Paying for It
WVU includes the cost of attending sporting events as part of their tuition and I’m sure they aren’t the only school that does this. There’s nothing I hate more than wasted money. If you’re already paying for it then why wouldn’t you attend? Think of all of the stuff you could be doing with that money if you had it. See the previous point if most of them are related to doing fun things.
Bond with Other Students
The sense of community you get from college sports is a feeling that transcends time and space (I’m serious). Don’t believe? Be in an airport wearing a WVU shirt when somebody spots you across the terminal and starts the “Let’s Go” chant. Some of my favorite college memories involve sporting events (mostly football). Whether it was waking up at 7 AM to start tailgating for a game that didn’t start until 7 PM, getting rowdy in the stands, or celebrating after a huge upset, I never feel more proud to be a WVU student (or alum) than when I am cheering my team onto victory (and through the losses).
I know this is a short post but I am so so so excited for March Madness to start (and I forgot to draft one, I’ll be honest). I can’t wait to fill out my bracket on Sunday so if you want to join in on a little bracket challenge, make sure you check back here on Monday!
Are you also a huge fan of your college’s’ sports teams? Let me know below!