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Embrace school pride for social and professional success


Monday, September 29, 2014

October is homecoming season and a time for students to show their college pride. Activities that demand a show of school pride help students form special bonds with one another in social setting outside of the classroom. In addition to forming friendships, this type of interaction could also help your career upon graduating. In the spirit of the season, here are several ways you can express your pride and be on your way to social and professional success.

Seek out college alumni
Forbes explained that networking should start way before graduation; students should build relationships while they're still in school. Alumni groups are available to help you connect with professionals who attended your alma mater and who want to give back by helping current students. These active alumni all share a sense of pride in their college and fond memories of time spent there. By showing similar school pride you can begin to create valuable connections that could help you later on. During Homecoming make it a point to attend an alumni event. You could find a mentor and a friend.

Get involved in extracurricular activities
Joining a club or extracurricular activity is a great way to show allegiance to your school and meet people who share your interests. In addition to a whole array of sports clubs and intramural  teams, there are plenty of other clubs and activities to join. For example, joining the yearbook committee or student newspaper allows you to investigate different facets of the school and share those experiences with your fellow students. Involvement in "majors" clubs, like College Entrepreneurs or Fashion Merchandising often allows you to meet with professionals in the field during presentations and meetings.

Go to games
Sports games are perfect opportunities to root for your school and expand your social circle. According to the NCAA Web site, in 2012, the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision brought in an average of 46,074 fans per game. Many colleges offer students free or reduced tickets for their sporting events to encourage attendance and to provide a full schedule of on-campus activities. If your school doesn't have a large sports following, try creating one yourself. Recruit some of your classmates and friends to go to sporting events and cheer on your team. You may just start a new tradition.

Wear your pride
Take a trip to your school store with your friends and purchase some clothing and accessories that feature your college emblem. Simply wearing it around campus or back at home can help you feel a sense of dedication to your school. When wearing it off campus, you may also be surprised to learn just how many people went to or know others who went to the same school. If an alumnus sees your sweatshirt, it could be the start of a friendly conversation reflecting on his or her time at school.

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