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 👏
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.
4. Bring It On is honestly the best film ever.
Fired Up is a very close second.
5. Your cheer mix has been ingrained in your mind and soul.
You’ve probably heard it about a million times.
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.
7. Let’s be honest – there is nothing more satisfying than hitting a stunt perfectly.
8. And jumping in time with the rest of the squad gives you actual tingles.
9. You’re more flexible than all your friends.
Your flexibility is barely recognisable from when you started.
10. Your ideas of personal space are not the same as before.
Accidentally touching random body parts is the norm.
11. Cheer camp nearly killed you.
Your body was destroyed afterwards.
12. But you were a cheer machine afterwards.
13. You’ve definitely seen someone have a terrible fall at least once.
It reaffirmed your determination to never ever drop a flyer.
14. And probably experienced that moment when you just manage to save a flyer from landing face-first on the floor.
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!
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.
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
18. The prep for a competition is intense.
19. And sometimes, you end up hating your coach.
Just for a little bit though.
20. You get that sinking feeling when you hear the word “conditioning.”
It’s a necessary evil, but that won’t stop you complaining.
21. Especially when you have a hangover.
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.
23. On comp days, you either have hair that will quiff or won’t.
Why won’t you obey me, hair?!
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.
25. You totally get that cheer merch is life.
Especially those with the logo of your team.
26. And your bow collection is a work in progress.
Nothing excites you more than getting a new, oversized bow!
27. You know you look amazing in your cheer outfit.
And you don’t care that it’s super stereotypical.
28. Cheer socials become the best part of your week.
The fancy dress gets pretty competitive.
29. You think guys doing cheer is really cool.
It isn’t just a sport for girls. Co-ed teams are really popular!
30. Whenever you meet another cheerleader, you always bond over how awesome the sport is.
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.
32. Above all, you really know what team spirit feels like.
33. Because cheerleading has made you an absolute boss.
Fearless and fun.