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33 Things You’ll Only Understand If You’re a University Cheerleader

There are a lot of stereotypes about cheerleaders but these are the things we know to be true.

1. You’re constantly having to explain to people that cheerleading is a sport.

It’s 👏 not👏  just 👏 chanting 👏 and 👏 waving 👏 pom-poms 👏

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2. And that it is indeed a thing outside of America now.

Almost every uni in the UK has a cheer team!

3. You train for the competitions, not for a half-time performance.

We want those trophies, and we’re gonna get them.

Ready for sports fair bright and early #toomuchsass 👏💁💃😻

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4. Bring It On is honestly the best film ever.

Fired Up is a very close second.

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5. Your cheer mix has been ingrained in your mind and soul.

You’ve probably heard it about a million times.

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6. You always end up with loads of bruises on your arms.

I guess it’s not surprising, given that you’re repeatedly catching people from a considerable height.

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7. Let’s be honest – there is nothing more satisfying than hitting a stunt perfectly.

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8. And jumping in time with the rest of the squad gives you actual tingles.

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9. You’re more flexible than all your friends.

Your flexibility is barely recognisable from when you started.

🎀 🎀 🎀 #southamptonvixens #cheerleading #comp #futurecheer #nationals #heelstretch #ukcheer

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10. Your ideas of personal space are not the same as before.

Accidentally touching random body parts is the norm.

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11. Cheer camp nearly killed you.

Your body was destroyed afterwards.

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12. But you were a cheer machine afterwards.

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13. You’ve definitely seen someone have a terrible fall at least once.

It reaffirmed your determination to never ever drop a flyer.

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14. And probably experienced that moment when you just manage to save a flyer from landing face-first on the floor.

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15. You’ve probably practiced on an injury when you really shouldn’t have.

Every practice is too important to miss – it’s competition time soon!

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16. But you’re still somehow always down a cheerleader when season comes around.

Someone will step in for you though. We’re reliable like that.

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17. When competition season comes, you have no life.

Got assignments to finish? Never mind, you can do them when you’ve finished cheer practice… At midnight

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18. The prep for a competition is intense.

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19. And sometimes, you end up hating your coach.

Just for a little bit though.

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20. You get that sinking feeling when you hear the word “conditioning.”

It’s a necessary evil, but that won’t stop you complaining.

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21. Especially when you have a hangover.

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22. You don’t remember what it feels like to not be aching all over.

You hurt in places you didn’t even know there were muscles.

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23. On comp days, you either have hair that will quiff or won’t.

Why won’t you obey me, hair?!

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24. And you will probably need about 100 hair grips.

Let’s take a moment to remember all the poor ones that have been lost.

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25. You totally get that cheer merch is life.

Especially those with the logo of your team.

New cheer merch! #yorkhornets #cheer #merch #cheerleading #yay

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26. And your bow collection is a work in progress.

Nothing excites you more than getting a new, oversized bow!

#cheerleading #ukcheerbows #bows #ukcheer #cheerbows#bows #bowtotoe

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27. You know you look amazing in your cheer outfit.

And you don’t care that it’s super stereotypical.

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28. Cheer socials become the best part of your week.

The fancy dress gets pretty competitive.

Events out in full force for last nights Disney social! #cheerleaders #Disney #fancydress #york #hornets

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29. You think guys doing cheer is really cool.

It isn’t just a sport for girls. Co-ed teams are really popular!

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30. Whenever you meet another cheerleader, you always bond over how awesome the sport is.

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31. If anyone dares to say anything bad about cheer, you’re right there to defend it.

The same goes for everyone in your cheer squad.

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32. Above all, you really know what team spirit feels like.

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33. Because cheerleading has made you an absolute boss.

Fearless and fun.

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