I am a Northwestern fan.
Yes, I go to school in Iowa and cheer for the Duhawks. But hey, I think it is also cool to cheer for where you’re born and raised, right? I wear purple for Loras College, but I bleed purple for Northwestern University.
Ever since I could remember, Northwestern has been in my life. My parents went there, my grandpa went there, and friends have went there. It is a special place for my family and me. And the most special part of it for me is the athletic programs.
When I was little, my dad would take me to countless basketball games as well as football games. From an early age, the color purple has been a main color in my wardrobe. I distinctly remember having abundant numbers of Northwestern shirts, all purple. I would wear them to school, the doctor’s, the grocery store, etc. Spreading pride through wearing northwestern shirts is the absolute coolest. The football team holds a special place in my heart, as they are good friends of mine. Going to their games is always fun for me and being able to show them support makes me super happy. They have been in my life for a few years now, and I would not change anything. Keeping in touch with them is fun because I am able to keep up with everything that goes on, from their games to their Chick-fil-a runs (the team is a major fan of Chick-fil-a). They have been a major support system for me in terms of showing me that despite having learning challenges, I can do anything I set my mind to. They have proven people wrong countless times with winning major games such as the 2013 Gator Bowl and the 2016 Pinstripe Bowl. The team also has a signature quote that plays a key role into all team activities. That quote is “Trust yourself.” This is posted on a board that a coach will hold up and players will touch it before practices and games. The saying means that each team member has to trust himself as each team member has an important role to play. They have to trust that each team member can perform their individual role to the best of their ability. I put this saying into my daily life. I have to trust myself that I can do whatever it takes to be successful at Loras and in life.
The bond that I have with Northwestern is a bond that will never be broken. From going to games to cheer on my Wildcats, to wearing purple almost every week, I will never stop being a Northwestern fan.