Administrators at the University of Waterloo are disappointed with the lack of the school spirit. School spirit can be defined as ones’ emotional support for their educational institute. To be fair our university certainly does have numerous clubs, sports, and other nonacademic programs to join on campus, however, it does not seem to entice students to join in comparison to other schools. The following will demonstrate why the university needs to improve on student engagement as well as the benefits it will provide for both of them in the future.
At the University of Waterloo many students do not attend the games like football, basketball, and other school sports. Rubal Singh, a third year student and avid football player says, “The stadium is mostly filled with friends and family. Not many students.” In comparison to other schools in the province like The University of Guelph and Western University there stadiums are usually filled and have many non-related supporters. After interviewing many of my friends that attend our University a mutual consensus was that our school encourages more of an academic agenda than a social bonding one. According to Maclean’s 2013 annual statistics The University of Waterloo has been ranked as Canada’s most innovative and comprehensive university. Impressive, nonetheless, could those statistics mean that the University has no time to be the best spirited as well? Could the academic workload cause negative effects on the extracurricular activities? I believe it could.
Having a highly reputable school attached to your resume is very important for a student’s success in the workforce but that does not mean the school needs to put less importance on “school spirit.” Our school holds about 30,000 students, faculty, and staff. Engagement in these effortless actions is great for our school because it encourages a common bond between fellow students, faculty, and staff alike (Burns, Par. 4). Students usually attend the University for an average of four years and then move on to excel in their professional careers. Four years gives the university a decent amount of time to instill a spiritual bond like the one Adrianna Burns is describing in her article. How do students and staff build upon school spirit? School spirit can be shown by wearing school colours, attending school functions, and being involved in school sports or clubs. School spirit helps facilitate ones’ attachment to the school eventually leading to higher application rates to graduate studies within the same university and more donations from alumni. “Spirit” is an important investment for the school to work on because it facilitates funds.
Some suggestions to build upon school spirit would be to create a spirit statement just like any other corporation’s mission statements. It would serve as subliminal message to encourage the students that the university supports them emotionally not just academically. Other ideas would be to create more “hype” about...