School pride is a common theme among campuses across the globe. It is not uncommon to see students beaming with pride while wearing university jackets, shirts, bags, and the like. Some would even use notebooks, pens, and tumblers adorned with the school logo and battle cry.
This culture is one of those things that give color to university life. While common U-stuff have carried on for years, recent times saw the addition of lanyards to complete a student’s campus ensemble.
School pride is often put on display by showing one’s affiliation to an institution through lanyards. It is hard to unsee the name of an institution while walking in a place frequented by students. But what’s really amusing is the fact that these lanyards would display the same name of the school with its logo and yet students get hooked with collecting and using different designs from time to time.
It’s easy to fall in love with these neck lanyards as they provide a fun way for students to keep their identification cards from getting lost. The wide array of designs and colors makes lanyards an easy choice as a campus accessory.
Since official school apparel seems awkward to wear at times, lanyards serve as a subtler option. These don’t even get in the way of fashion if shirts are not one’s thing. One simply wears a color corresponding to that of the institution’s and voila, the message of affiliation gets across.
The variety of designs also allows one to pick a lanyard that would show-off an advocacy, a recent boyband fad, being a crazy cat lady, and many other stuff. It cements the image one wants to portray in campus. The way neck lanyards are customized also ensure that students are able to find something that would suit their style.
In many cases, students show off their pride in being core members and organizers of a much talked about university gathering, education forum or cause, and lanyards are proof of this involvement. As a student graduates from university, the collection of lanyards prove the work one has done. It mirrors how life was spent in campus. Group of friends would share the same lanyards for campus activities they participated in, together.
However, as popular as lanyards can be in campus, the cliché about who wears which identifies lanyards as more of a freshman thing more than anything else. Campus culture dictates that if you want to be identified as a freshman, hang that university lanyard across your neck and walk around campus. This scene won’t escape the eyes of upperclassmen who are always on the lookout for them freshmen.
At the other end of the spectrum, neck lanyards bearing organization insignia are a pretty common sight among a select population. These are normally worn by students who see this as a badge of honor for being affiliated with honors societies and fraternities – the select few who receive the lanyard as a reward, rather than a commodity.
As lanyards prove to be effective tools to identify affiliation with different institutions, the behavior by which students, and people in general, who wear these lanyards are a point of debate. It is easy to taint the image of an institution by wearing a lanyard and misbehaving in public. But the real issue is whether the observation may be deemed conclusive, knowing how easy it is to own or even have a personalized lanyard made.
For whatever reasons though, lanyards still occupy a big part of a student’s campus survival kit. The quirkiness that comes with utility makes lanyards attractive to the younger generation’s taste. The hype on neck lanyards in schools don’t show signs of slowing down anytime soon. Administrators are also pitching in as uniform neck lanyards for school personnel are seen to improve security. It also makes point persons easier to identify during campus gatherings and events.
Worn, hung or kept as memento, it is undeniable that every person who went through the halls of an institution had their hands on lanyards bearing campus pride.