Why I Chose Cheer

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Risky Business

Recall an occasion when you took a risk that you now know was the right thing to do. University of Pennsylvania

Taking risks is part of life. Some risks don’t end up in your favor, but there can be times where everything works out for you. One such risk for me was trying out for high school cheer. Doing this was taking a chance because making the squad is a difficult task. After being a cheerleader in junior high, I knew this was a serious plunge, but I was eager to take it. Now that I have been on the squad for almost three years, I know it was one of the best choices I’ve ever made. This experience has brought me so much. I’ve learned the importance of teamwork, friendship, and perseverance. Cheerleading exposes you to teamwork at its extremes. When a person is being thrown into the air, there is an immense chance that someone could suffer an injury. To prevent injury, the entire squad must function together and concentrate. Everyone one of us is working to achieve a common goal, which can vary from perfecting our routine to winning a competition. None of us can fulfill our job as cheerleaders on our own. We must all to perform together. Another aspect that is nearly synonymous with teamwork is friendship. When you spend so much time with your squad, you all become extremely close. During practice, you fall short and triumph together, which creates a strong relationship. Unlike football or basketball, everyone plays all the time. No one sits out, and there is no offseason. Whether things are successful or difficult, it’s all a bonding experience. Everything that happens brings you closer to your fellow cheerleaders. Perseverance is a large portion of this sport. You have to be determined to master new skills. There are days that will seem like you can’t quit falling, but you have to keep picking yourself up, which is not always the easy. You’ll want to relinquish, but you have to constantly...
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