Being a Paladin fan is really really easy sometimes, like when your basketball team is top 25, or your soccer teams have crushed the poor visitors 6-0 again.
Or any given time someone uploads a picture like this (which, admittedly, is pretty frequently. I mean, not a picture exactly like this. My photography skills are unparalleled.
However, I think those are also really easy examples – or maybe I just feel that way because I am not athletically inclined. I feel the Furman soccer team’s victories are karmic rewards for all those three hour bus rides back home in high school, where you had plenty of time to marinate in the fact you got the ball on their half of the field two times, max.
Furman is interesting because it’s small enough for you to get to know the athletes on a personal level. For example, the girl two doors over is one of Furman’s top cross-country runners. We really bond every time she gets back from a ten mile run, and I’m getting in my car to ride to the PAC.
I think that sense of community definitely enhances things – you’re not cheering for a team, you’re cheering for the guy who sits besides you in your TA gen ed, or one of your friends from summer connections. That feeling – of being linked, and being known, is one of my favorite aspects about most facets of Furman student life.