Despite the often dirty laundry, the meals that are of less than home-cooked quality, and the crippling loneliness at the realization that your only friends are textbooks, college also provides you with that one activity that defines your collegic life and shapes you personally.
For me, that refers to my time with The Crew.
At the University of Maryland we have a soccer team, and with that soccer team we have a Crew. A crew of loyal fans dedicated to bombarding the opposing team’s keeper with family-friendly insults, cheers regarding our eagerness to score a goal, our displeasure with the other team, and our incredulousness over the shoe color of the keeper. And then we sing and then we chant and then we hold our scarves up high, and then we practice our Spanish with a rousing round of “Vamos Maryland” and occasionally there will even be a 90’s theme featuring the song stylings of the Backstreet Boys and Train.
When you join The Crew there is always so much going on, and though you leave exhausted and partly wishing you had spent your time finishing up that Rhetorical Discourse homework, you often get so much more than you put in.
Thanks to my time spent with the crew I have:
- Discovered that soccer is not just an introductory sport for second graders
- Made friends that I honest-to-goodness plan on staying in contact with
- Watched us win 2 ACC Championships
- Overcame my fear of singing with gusto
- Avoided drinking at Crew tailgates
- Befriended the drunkards at Crew tailgates
- Learned that loyalty still exists in the form of enthusiastic clapping
- Found that I have a flair for scarves
- Made friends that I could attend other sporting events with
- Gotten more than enough exercise by running to switch bleachers at half
- Attended every UMD home soccer game
- Broken school bleachers and watched a rivalry game from the field
I may be getting a bachelor’s degree in English and Communications upon my graduation from the University of Maryland, but the scrappy and blurred photos of my soccer game attendance will always be much more valuable.
Vamos. Vamos Maryland.
Esta noche, tenemos que ganar.