No school spirit evident
As I walked across the Pierce College Mall on Monday after class, I noticed a strange coincidence.
While rushing across the Mall, presumably to class, a female student wearing a UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) shirt passed by me rapidly. Nearby, another student sporting a USC (University of Sourthern California) sweatshirt talked and laughed with some friends.
Later on that day, I ran into a friend of mine on campus. To my surprise, he was wearing a sweatshirt that read “CSUN” (California State University, Northridge) in big, bold letters.
Ironically, I did not see anyone on campus wearing a Pierce shirt, sweatshirt or other clothing item that day, besides a couple of athletes in their team gear. In fact, I actually have trouble recalling if I ever have since I began attending Pierce three years ago.
“I mostly just come here for my classes,” said Ryan Jacinto, a junior graphic arts major. “I guess because I’m not very interested.”
Jacinto’s view reflects that of many other Pierce attendees. Being community college students aspiring to transfer to four-year universities, many students tend to think more about their hypothetical future in other schools than their present at Pierce.
“I mean I love Pierce, but I’m trying to get out like everyone else,” said Lee Khadim, a sophomore business administration major.
“It’s like you’re supposed to have spirit and you’re supposed to enjoy your time here, but your ultimate goal should be to get out,” he said. “You know, it’s like two years here, and out.”
Another common reason for the lack of school spirit is because many students spend little time on campus outside of the classroom.
For many, Pierce is a commuter school, a quick stop before heading to the next place on their often busy schedules.
“I just kind of come to class and go home,” said Joshua Scharf, a sophomore undecided major, who also mentioned that he has yet to attend an event on campus.
“Between work and being tired, not enough energy and time I guess,” Scharf said, explaining his lack of school spirit.
However, other students are proud Brahmas, despite it not always being physically apparent.
“Yeah, I have school spirit,” said Eric Mack, a senior accounting major. “Just the whole get down. It’s a nice school, the professors are real good.”
Mack said he attended some football games at Pierce and enjoyed the atmosphere.
“It was all good. It was awesome,” he said. “A lot of the students came out and the school gets involved with the sports and with the sports community.”
Travis Hernandez, a senior registered veterinary technology major, also said he is proud to be a member of the Pierce community.
“Yeah, [I have school spirit] and I like it here,” he said. “Just its reputation. It’s a great school and it’s famous for different things.”
Although many see Pierce simply as a stepping stone for a larger objective, I believe more students should be proud to be Brahmas and appreciate their time here, like Mack or Hernandez.
While most of us do indeed have plans involving bigger, more reputable colleges, the truth remains that we are still Pierce students. We should be proud of receiving the chance to learn and progress, and should enjoy the various events –sports, performing arts shows, art exhibits– offered by the school on a regular basis.
Despite being just a community college, Pierce is a great school – one that people all over the world would love to attend. I, for one, can say I am a proud Brahma.