A new campus full of unexplored buildings and strangers can come across as overwhelming. Breaking into that environment can seem an impossible achievement. When your student leaves home to attend their college prep boarding schools it can be tough for them to find their niche.
If they are having a hard time finding their place, showing off their school spirit can be an excellent way to build a community away from home. Studies have shown that students who represent their school spirit perform better academically and are more involved socially. Most importantly, these students are happier than others. The most important factor is finding the right way to show this spirit.
Decorate Your Room
Without a hall full of lockers to decorate, how is anyone supposed to get a feel for who your daughter is as a person? Stop by the campus bookstore to get school themed decorations for her dorm room. By having a small reminder each morning of why she chose to attend this one above all other college prep boarding schools, she’ll find pride in her campus.
Wear Your School Colors
Not every boarding school student can get away with wearing that comfortable school hoodie at all times. For these students wearing school colors can be an excellent opportunity. Your daughter can represent her school pride through the little things she does each day.
Attend School Events
As cheesy as it sounds, the games and the pep rallies are the things that stick with you most from your experiences attending college prep boarding schools. Encourage your student to take a break from homework to cheer on her classmates. It doesn’t only have to be a basketball. Stop by any competitive team’s meet to show your support.
Have the Right Kind of Attitude
Good sportsmanship isn’t just for athletes. Remember that sports are meant to be fun, so at the end of the day be sure to be respectable to everyone, including your team’s rival. Being receptive and taking opportunities to get involved will lead to a fantastic experience.