BY: LEAH BUEGE
There comes a day when our time as cheerleaders end. We trade poms for a briefcase, cheer shoes for high heels, and competitions for the “real world”. Suddenly, we’re adults. While we spend endless time in meetings and in our cubicles, it seems as though we may never identify with our former cheerleader selves. But much to our surprise, we slowly start recognizing our inner cheerleader in our new adult lives. Little did we know that our time as a cheerleader could really benefit us in the real world.
Comfortable in Front of a Crowd
As a cheerleader, whether you’re cheering at a football game, teaching a kids clinic, or competing, you spend the majority of your time in front of people. All this time spent in front of a crowd builds confidence to command attention. Suddenly, when you’re asked to give a presentation at work it’s not a problem for you. You’re used to delivering a message to masses of people so you won’t break a sweat showing a PowerPoint to a room of coworkers.
Master of Time Management
From practices, games, competitions, and events, a cheerleader’s schedule is always full. Thankfully, through the years, having a busy schedule has made us great at prioritizing. When the real world throws a handful of events at you, you’ll be able to manage your time without worry.
Conqueror of Conversation
Chances are if you’ve cheered in college, you’ve spent an evening or two selling raffle tickets or volunteer at events. Most times during these events you’ve been set free to mingle with guests and represent your school. You’re a pro at making casual conversation. This ease of conversation translates well in the real world when you’re at work events. You can show up to an event knowing hardly anyone, and leave knowing all attendees. Networking is never a problem!
In all of my interviews for post grad jobs, I was asked to describe myself in one word. My answer – energetic. Cheerleaders can’t help to be, well, cheerful. You can conquer each day knowing that your sunny disposition will brighten the culture of the office.
Cheerleaders are no strangers to an early morning. After waking up at literally the crack of dawn to begin the extensive process of getting ready for competition day, we’re used to coffee fueled early mornings. Need to be at work by 8:00 am? You can confidently get to work on time rocking expertly done hair and makeup without having to set multiple alarms to do so.
There’s a saying in the cheer world that goes something like “15 minutes early is on time, and on time is late”. Cheerleaders have been conditioned to be punctual. This mindset is well received in the real world. Showing up early for an interview or event always looks impressive. Your boss will always know they can count on you to be on time.
Because of cheerleading, we are ready to take on the real world! Thank you cheerleading for teaching us important lessons that benefit us not only as cheerleaders but as adults as well.