Today I’m featuring another A-Z Challenge guest blogger. Welcome Becca from Wright / Wrong!
When I wake up in the morning, I take a shower, dry my hair, contemplate bothering with makeup, drink coffee, and go to school unwillingly. The one difference between me and about half of the public school students in the United States of America is that I never have to think about what to wear.
Almost every day of school for the past ten years, I’ve been putting on white knee-high socks, a red plaid skirt, and white short-sleeved blouse: my uniform since second grade. Since I’ve been wearing one so long (although that will come to an end next year when I start college), I feel obligated to share with you the pros and cons of uniforms.
- No thinking. I’ve gotten to the point where I literally don’t even realize I’m putting on my uniform until I’ve walked out the door.
- This one is definitely debatable, but I personally focus better when I’m not distracted by other people’s clothing.
- Less bullying. Students are rarely teased for what they’re wearing since the person teasing them is wearing LITERALLY THE EXACT SAME THING.
- Even though I hate my school sometimes, uniforms help show a sense of togetherness. (At least we all suffer together!)
- Comfort: School uniforms are surprisingly comfortable! My parents always wonder why I’m still in it by the end of the day.
- Less shopping. I (almost) never buy clothes.
- Other than receiving my diploma, nothing will feel as satisfying as ripping my uniform up on the last day of school.
- My friends Jacquelyn and Tj dressed up as “private school drop outs” for a party they went to during their first semester of college. It was… perfect.
- Less shopping. My mom went through my closet the other day and realized that I have no clothes for college. (Wearing t-shirts every day is a thing, right?)
- Restricted freedom of expression. There aren’t many options for dressing up a uniform, unless your school is slack about it. (Many public schools in my area only require you to wear certain colors, while my school and others have a set uniform.) Many people feel uncomfortable wearing uniforms simply because they feel as if it doesn’t express their personality.
- Depending on what type of uniform you have to wear, uniforms can be expensive. For example: I can only wear school jackets on campus, and those items can cost up to $50/item. (The used uniform store is my best friend.)
- Self-image. Unfortunately many uniforms are “one-size-fits-all.” When students have to wear the same outfits, rather than being allowed to select clothes that suit their body types, they can suffer embarrassment at school.
- Dress-down days. Again, YOU HAVE NO CLOTHES. What the heck are you supposed to wear when you finally get a chance to wear something… different?!
Even though I love my uniform at times, I think the cons outweigh the pros for uniforms. I’ve never truly got to experience life without one, though, so who knows!
Let me know if you guys had/have to wear uniforms while in school! I’m scared and excited to start living life outside of the plaid skirt.
Rebecca Wright is currently a high school senior at Savannah Christian Preparatory School. Next year she will be attending the University of Georgia and will (hopefully!) be pursuing degrees in both Visual Journalism and Marketing. You can check out her blog here.
This post is part of my April A to Z Challenge. For more All Things College posts, click here.