As I said on twitter, “I’ve turned into one of those people who actually buys school/class apparel. ND changes people, bro.” But to go more in-depth:
I didn’t like my high school. I liked my teachers. I liked my close friends. I didn’t care for football or basketball that were considered far more important than our constantly winning academic teams and marching band. I didn’t feel like I belonged. I hated most of the people. They were shallow and stupid and ignorant, and I couldn’t stand them. I didn’t own a single school shirt unless it was for academic reasons. My school always sells shirts for our big rival football game and our big rival basketball game. Games I never attended until my senior year because I had to go because of marching band. I didn’t see a reason to buy a shirt for something I didn’t care about. I didn’t buy any class apparel. I didn’t buy anything school related. But now that I’m at Notre Dame, I find myself wanting more ND apparel. It’s weird, because I don’t wear them often, but I like having them. I like watching our football games. I like knowing how my school is doing. I like going to events. I like the community. I like it here.