Today we’re happy to feature another great blog post with tips on being patriotic from our Penn State Foot Patrol member Maddie Hendricks. Hope you’re having a great summer, Maddie!
American pride is more than just a theme for a college party, it’s a lifestyle. Not only will we shortly celebrate the 4th of July, but we will be cheering for our favorite American athletes in the 2016 Summer Olympics. That’s a lot to be excited about — all for our wonderful country! Here are a few ways you can express your patriotic spirit, so that you can truly bleed red, white and blue.
Listen to a USA Playlist
While this may turn some people off to the American theme, country music is important to the United States, as we can claim it to be “our music.” So, by all means, blare your speakers loudly and sing about the country terrain, pickup trucks, blue jeans and beer. Attending a country concert this summer is highly encouraged as well! Some of the biggest names in country may come to a city near you, including Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood, as they all have 2016 summer tours. Don’t be afraid to summon your inner-cowboy (or cowgirl, of course.)
Travel the Country
Now I know we all might be a little broke from college life, but one thing that might be worth spending what little money you have left is taking a road trip. There’s no way better way to appreciate your country than getting out to see its beauty with your own eyes. Travel to new places and visit historic monuments! Go to states that you have never been to before. Visit our nation’s capital and go to some museums. See the beauty of American land through visits to National Parks. You will really feel patriotic once you have traveled from sea to shining sea.
This one is a given. One of the first thing people notice about you is your clothes. Why not show them your American pride? You can find American clothing anywhere, any style, especially around the 4th of July. But that doesn’t mean that you have to wear it one day of the year — wear it year-round! The opportunities are endless.
Be Politically Active
Did your school host a rally? Several Presidential candidates visited my hometown and spoke at local universities. Whomever is your candidate, it is always important to be politically active. Attend the rallies even if you do not agree with the candidate — maybe you can open your mind to other opinions. Even more importantly, when the time comes: VOTE! Make sure you register and show up to the polls. Vote on who you think would make the next best leader for your country. The United States of America was built on the power of the people. Do YOUR part!
Decorate Your Room
Whether you want to get started in your room at home this summer, or collecting items for your hip dorm or apartment next year, there are many ways you can make your room “American”, and you don’t have to paint your walls! Try hanging a small American flag above your bed. Maybe you can hang red, white and blue twinkling lights. In addition, try to purchase a few American room accessories. A perfect example is the Flag Pillow made by League! League sent me one of these and it has been on my bed ever since. Just doing simple things like this will add some spirit to your room or dorm. That way, when someone walks in, they will know you are a proud American.
Make American Food
While hotdogs and hamburgers may be a given (and encouraged of course), that not exactly what I mean by ‘American food’. There are ways to express your hunger while being even more patriotic. Express your American pride with a few hours in the kitchen with your friends.