Cheerleaders are prominent people in any school, and many
get involved in more ways than one to spread the most school spirit! You might
find cheerleaders on the ASB staff, enrolled in AP courses, elected in student
government, or running several clubs around campus–for leading is what they do!
What cheerleaders need to remember is that their job isn’t just to build up an
impressive high school résumé, but also to show care and compassion to their
fellow classmates as they do. No matter your role in school, you are around the
same group of peers for three or four years, so might as well make an impact on
your classmates by being a positive role model and someone that encourages them
to succeed! It may seem silly to cheer on classmates who aren’t on your
school’s football or basketball teams, but it definitely won’t hinder your
reputation to open your energies to all. Plus, watching your classmates succeed
feels pretty great, especially when you know that you played a part in the end result. So,
if you feel that your school could use a classroom cheerleader, here are a few
easy ways to start standing out around campus.
1. Acknowledge the small stuff. You
never know when a small compliment can make a big impact. Your peers might be
having a bad day, week, month, or just feel overall lousy... and never mention it.
As a cheerleader, you’re used to being peppy, but that outlook doesn’t necessarily apply to the general
student body at large; everyone has their personal problems! By complimenting
one of your peers who stepped up in English class with an outstanding book
report, or mentioning to a peer that you’ve noticed the great strides they’re
making with their Spanish pronunciation, that small little action could really
go farther than you think! It’s easy to float through school–especially high
school–unnoticed, so be the one who makes the more ‘invisible’ students feel
included, valued, and accomplished.
2. Volunteer to help.
Everyone knows cheerleaders are busy-bodies, so if you’re already balancing too
much, donating your time to your fellow classmates might not be the best option
for you. But, if you do have time to help out, start reaching out to struggling
students in the areas of study that you flourish in. You can post flyers around
campus that you’re starting a study group for the upcoming history exam, or
that you’re happy to mentor anyone struggling in AP Chemistry. Maybe there’s
one student who’s just not making the grade in one of your classes: ask if
they are down to start studying after school until the end of the semester in
order to get a passing grade. By doing so, you might just get someone back on
track for graduation.
3. Show up. Again, if you don’t have
extra time to spare, you might not be able to pull this off either. But, if you
find yourself with a few nights free during the week, show your support for
your schoolmates by attending the big play premiere or the volleyball playoff
game! There’s always SOMETHING happening around your school, and cheering on
your classmates who aren’t in your immediate friend circle can really boost
your peers’ self-esteem. If you truly don’t have time to spare outside of
school, try to support the efforts of a club’s bake sale during lunch or any
other event around campus during school hours. That way, you don’t have to
squeeze school spirit in between your other obligations.
How else can cheerleaders cheer on their
classmates? Share your ideas in the comments!